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.

Joshua Berkey

Joshua Berkey

Penn State Shenango
Occupational Therapy Assistant

“I taught elementary general music in public and private schools in grades K–8. I was not happy or feeling fulfilled, so I decided to go back to school. Since returning to school, I have participated in Alternative Spring Break in Belize, have been accepted into Penn State Study Abroad, London Calling: Ordering the World, and have successfully gotten over my fear of being too old to go back to school”.

Savannah McCloskey-Reigh

Savannah McCloskey-Reigh

Penn State Hazleton
Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary

“There have been some challenges returning to school, including the cost and trying to balance school and work, but my husband has been a positive influence and a source of motivation for me. There have also been some successes for me, including maintaining a high grade-point average, getting scholarships, and actually just doing this! My ultimate goal is to become a veterinarian.”

America Rojas

America Rojas

Penn State Altoona
Human Development Family Studies

“I believe that as an adult student I have much to offer. I find myself improving as I strive for excellence in what I do and being motivated by the fact that this will be my opportunity to achieve my new beginning and my personal transition. I feel engaged, inspired, and prepared. I am Penn State.”

Laura Ruane

Laura Ruane

Penn State DuBois
Human Development and Family Studies

“I had so many fears that came with going back to school and giving it one more try. There have definitely been some rough patches along my journey, but my grades have been a success so far. I never thought I could get A’s in college. I am street smart, and now I am proving I can be book smart too.”

Scott Carl Schival

Scott Carl Schival

Penn State Wilkes-Barre
English

“I have had three notable successes since returning to school—making the Dean’s List for fall 2018, keeping up with school while my infant son was undergoing surgeries, and being honored at a Penn State hockey game during a military appreciation event. My goal when I graduate is to become a published author and be a sports writer covering Philadelphia teams.”

Michelle Stroud

Michelle Stroud

Penn State Altoona and World Campus
Doctor of Nursing Practice

“I started as an adult learner by attaining my associate degree in nursing in 1995 when I was 22, then earning a bachelor of science in nursing in 2002 when I was 30. I will graduate from the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2020 at 47 years old. I share that to demonstrate that it is okay to take baby steps.”

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:

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

404 Old Main, University Park

 

Executive Committee Meeting:

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

404 Old Main, University Park

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