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We are dedicated to improving
the adult learner experience at Penn State

Welcome to the Commission for Adult Learners website. Penn State’s Commission for Adult Learners is composed of faculty, staff, and students from several University locations. Members are dedicated to improving the adult learner experience at Penn State.

Adult learners support the troops
Two adult learners sitting in a classroom
Group of adult learners posing for a picture.
Adult learners talking around a table
Counselor with adult learner at a desk 
Adult learners posing for picture together
Adult learners in the military

Penn State's definition of an adult learner is a person who:

  • is 24 years of age or older; or
  • is a veteran of the armed services; or an active duty service member; or
  • is returning to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity; or
  • assumes multiple adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, and employee.

More about Penn State Adult Learners

Upcoming Meetings

Commission Meeting:

September 17, 2014

10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Penn Stater, University Park

Executive Committee Meeting:

September 17, 2014

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Penn Stater, University Park

Sponsors of the Commission for Adult Learners are:

Dr. Madlyn L. Hanes, 
Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses

Dr. W. Terrell Jones, 
Vice Provost for Educational Equity

Dr. Robert N. Pangborn,
Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate
Education

Damon Sims, 
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Craig D. Weidemann, 
Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education

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