Archived Best Practices
In 2015, the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners sponsored the creation of a financial literacy website to promote financial literacy knowledge…
Dr. Francis Achampong reported that Penn State Mont Alto had sent a post card targeting adult learners with some credits but no degree. The card…
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2016-17
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2015-16
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2014-15
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2013-14
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2012-13
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2011–12
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2010–11
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2009–10
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2008–09
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2007–08
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2006–07
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2005–06
- Commission for Adult Learners Annual Report 2004–05
- (2015) Commission for Adult Learners Bylaws
- (2014) 2012-13 PLA Credit By Exam Pilot Grant updated September 2014
- (2012) Plan to Implement the University Faculty Senate Advisory and Consultative Report, Recommendations for Enhancing the Educational Experience of Adult Learners: July 2012 Update
- (2007) Advising Adult Learners NACADA Report
- (2007) Penn State Student Satisfaction Survey-Adult Learners
- (2007) Student Satisfaction Survey
- (2006) Best Practices for Attracting and Retaining Undergraduate Adult Learners
- (2006) Postsecondary Adult Learner Environment at The Pennsylvania State University
- (2004) Status of the Undergraduate Adult Learner at Penn State Position Paper, December 2004
- (2003) Penn State Pulse Survey
- (2001) Commission for Adult Learners’ Focus Group Summary
Data and Reports (PSU login required)
Previous Award Recipients
Superior Service to Adult Learners Award
This award recognizes an individual or a team that has positively affected adult learners through direct service to students or improved the campus environment for adult learners. Special consideration will be given to those who can demonstrate support and leadership of new, innovative programs or services that improve the environment for adult learners. The required statements of support must cite specific examples of leadership, innovation, and improvement.
Outstanding Adult Learner Recruitment or Retention Program Award
Criteria include, but are not limited to, the impetus for the program and its originality, program description, program goal(s) reflective of Penn State’s commitment to adults, program effectiveness (including affordability and sustainability), sensitivity to diversity, use of technology, number of adult learners served, and the impact on adult learner recruitment and/or retention. In addition, special consideration will be given to those programs that exceed the expectations of the unit/office.
Brenda Holtzer, Jackie Payrow, Judy Ahern, Jane Owens
Kristy Weidner Hove
Eduardo Juarez, Oscar Almodovar
The Commission for Adult Learners established the Incentive Grant program to support new, improved, and innovative programs or services directed toward the recruitment and retention of adult learners. The Incentive Grant program is promoted University-wide to faculty, staff, and adult student organizations that are eligible to submit proposals. Those who submit proposals are encouraged to collaborate with other units and staff.
The ultimate intent is for grant-funded programs and services to become an integral part of a campus's programming and services offered to adult learners. In 2007–2008, in an effort to leverage more substantive proposals that will impact significantly the recruitment and retention of adult learners, the Commission increased the grant maximum to $2,000. The campus or unit must match $1 for every $2 in grant awarded.
The Commission is proud of the innovative programs and services, collaborative relationships, and improved campus environments for adult learners that have resulted from the Incentive Grant initiative. Since the 1999–2000 academic year, seventy-seven grant proposals from eighteen Penn State campuses have been funded, and more than 9,000 adult learners, faculty, and staff have benefited.
Shirley Hendrick Award Winners