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Financial Literacy

In 2015, the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners sponsored the creation of a financial literacy website to promote financial literacy knowledge to students, parents, stakeholders and the Penn State community. The Penn State financial literacy website went live in May 2015 at financialliteracy.psu.edu.

The website hosts all the recorded and archived workshops and webinars that were previously developed under MoneyCounts: A Financial Literacy Series, and provides connection to the Student Financial Education Center to promote the peer-to-peer program at Penn State.

At the same time, a departmental email of finlit@psu.edu was granted for the website and for office use to facilitate communication with users. Google Analytics was added to the site to monitor visitors and extract relevant information. In the first 2 weeks of the site going live, 1,849 visitors viewed the page with the highest percentage of 35.5% of visitors’ ages between 25 and 34. Even though the website offers a wealth of information and resources on financial literacy, a plan to create self-study modules is under construction to provide a value- add interactive site for users, specifically online learners, to sharpen their financial literacy skills and knowledge at their own pace.

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Degree Completion Initiative

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 invited prospects to an open house. Chancellor Achampong recently signed a pledge to join the Education Pillar of ‘Got Your 6’ support student veterans by implementing and enhancing resources, programs, and policies to support this population.

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Adult Learner Week

Sueann Doran reported that Penn State Dubois redefined its Adult Learner week and condensed activities into one day including a breakfast and RSVP lunch with a financial literacy program. On Veterans Day, their veterans club did an American Heroes challenge with teams of four competing in physical contests such as pull-ups and push-ups. MREs were given to spectators. The Daughters of the American Revolution distributed cards of appreciation with stars repurposed from old flags. The event was well-received and boosted the visibility of campus veterans and military.

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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.

Superior Service to Adult Learners Award

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.

Outstanding Adult Learner Recruitment or Retention

2013 Recognitions

Recruiting & Orientation for Nursing students* – Abington

Panelists

Brenda Holtzer, Jackie Payrow, Judy Ahern, Jane Owens


Faculty support for adult learners – Beaver

Panelist

Irene Wolf


Career advice and support for adult learners – Berks

Panelist

Alexa Wojciechowski


Veteran’s Transition Program; Adult and Veteran Resource Center -DuBois

Panelist

Sueann Doran


Blended learning business courses; Saturday and lunch course offerings* – Hazelton

Panelist

Sherry Robinson


Military and Recruitment

Panelist

TBD

Committee to improve campus climate for adult learners – Lehigh Valley

Panelist

Kristy Weidner Hove


Blue and White Warriors: Transition support group for Vets; Vets checklist* – Lehigh Valley

Panelist

Stephanie Friday


Veterans Readjustment Course; Center for Adult Learners – Fayette

Panelist

Apryl Kadish


Using Trade Assistance Act for Adults – Philadelphia EOC

Panelists

Eduardo Juarez, Oscar Almodovar


Recruitment of Adult Learners – CEUP & World Campus

Panelist

Sally Kolesar

Incentives Grants

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

2017 Recipient

2017 Shirley Hendrick Award recipient Avis Kunz with Penn State President Eric Barron

Dr. Avis L. Kunz

Assistant Dean in the College of the Liberal Arts, Filippelli Institute for e-Education and Outreach

The Shirley Hendrick Award recognizes a senior administrator who has significantly advanced efforts for adult learners at Penn State. Dr. Kunz was nominated for her instrumental contributions to the range and quality of degrees that we offer our adult students.

2016 Recipient

Shirley Hendrick Award recipient Daad Rizk with Penn State President Eric Baron

Dr. Daad A. Rizk

Financial Literacy Manager, Penn State World Campus

The Shirley Hendrick Award recognizes a senior administrator who has significantly advanced efforts for adult learners at Penn State. Dr. Rizk was nominated for her accomplishments in launching financial literacy initiatives across the University. These efforts include creating “MoneyCounts: A Financial Literacy Series,” which delivers workshops and webinars aimed at addressing issues such as budgeting, credit, debt management, student loans, and repayment strategies.

2015 Recipient

2015 Shirley Hendrick Award Recipient Dr. Hampton ’Nels’ Shirer with Penn State President Rodney Erickson

Dr. Hampton ’Nels’ Shirer

Associate Dean for Education in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

The  Shirley  Hendrick  Award  recognizes  a  senior  administrator  who  has   significantly  advanced efforts  for  adult  learners  at  Penn  State.  Dr. Shirer was  nominated for his work to make sure all students have access to the same rich resources  and educational experiences. He improved access to learning tools for distance learners  and was instrumental in making study-abroad more accessible to adult learners.

2014 Recipient

Dr. Ann Williams with Penn State President Rodney Erickson

Dr. Ann Williams

Chancellor, Penn State Lehigh Valley

The Shirley Hendrick Award recognizes a senior administrator who has significantly advanced efforts for adult learners at Penn State. Under Dr. Williams’ direction, Penn State Lehigh Valley is now known for providing a wide variety of educational programs – both credit and non-credit – to adult learners across their life span. She appointed a committee on Campus Climate and Organizational Culture to gauge campus morale, identify issues for improvement, and ensure a positive climate for adult learners and veterans. Watch a video featuring Dr. Williams’ accomplishments.

2013 Recipient

2013 Shirley Hendrick Award Recipient Leslie A. Laing with Penn State Vice President Rodney Erickson

Leslie A. Laing

Assistant Director Adult Learner Programs & Services in Student Affairs, Penn State University Park

Leslie Laing arrived at the University in 2006 and was tasked with serving special populations at University Park. She has expanded this role by becoming a one-stop shop for current adult learners and student veterans. She meets with students individually; attending to their specific issues and concerns, as well as communicates regularly through her list serve of more than 1700 students. Laing has created and hosted workshops to engage and inform adult learners, held forums for student veterans, and serves as an advisor to the ALPS (Adult Learners at Penn State) student organization. Additionally, Ms. Laing is a fundraiser for the Adult Learner Opportunity Fund she founded to assist adult learners interested in participating in education abroad or major-related internships. She hosts the UP Outstanding Adult Student Award Reception annually and actively engages students during Nontraditional Student Recognition Week at Penn State. Among her noteworthy programs is an interactive alcohol education simulation event, as well as a CNED 304 Counseling Ed Course for the training and recruitment of peer mentors for a crisis intervention program and hotline.

2012 Recipient

2012 Shirley Hendrick Award recipient Dr. R. Keith Hillkirk with Penn State Vice President Rodney Erickson

Dr. R. Keith Hillkirk

Chancellor, Penn State Berks

While chancellor at Penn State Schuylkill, Hillkirk helped bring together five campuses to collaborate in offering degree programs with the assistance of distance technology. The resulting Eastern Alliance of Penn State Campuses consists of Penn State Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre and Worthington Scranton. In fall 2010, the Eastern Alliance began offering a joint bachelor of science in business degree, with classes delivered by interactive video during evening and weekend hours and online.

“Like Shirley Hendrick, Dr. Hillkirk has been a true advocate of adult learners, including both credit and non-credit students,” one nominator said. “He has demonstrated this support through innovative program development, the creation of a collaborative delivery system and hands-on involvement.”

Hillkirk was a member of the University’s Commission for Adult Learners in 2008-2009 and chaired the commission in 2009-2010. In 2010-2011, he co-chaired the Faculty Engagement Committee as it focused on a Faculty Senate recommendation that credit by exam and credit by portfolio be expanded. After serving as Penn State Schuylkill chancellor for six years, he was named Penn State Berks chancellor in 2011.

“Since joining the University in 2005,” another nominator wrote, “Dr. Hillkirk has been a champion of adult education. His efforts as chancellor at Penn State Schuylkill, including appointing an adult coordinator and instituting our 30 Plus scholarship program, have resulted in a significant increase in adult students enrolling at the campus.”

2011 Recipient

2011 Shirley Hendrick Award recipient JeanMarie Jacob and Penn State President Graham Spanier

JeanMarie Jacob

Area Representative, Penn State Greater Allegheny

JeanMarie Jacob is making a difference in the lives of adult learners. As the area representative for Penn State’s Continuing Education Department at Penn State Greater Allegheny, Jacob has been committed to improving the adult learner experience. For this commitment, Jacob is being recognized as the recipient of the 2011 Shirley Hendrick Award, presented by the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners. She will receive the award at the annual Faculty/Staff Awards Luncheon on March 23.

“I find my greatest joy in following students along their chosen career paths and sharing in their accomplishments,” said Jacob. “As a returning adult learner myself, I can sympathize with the many challenges and obstacles adults face in their pursuit of obtaining additional learning opportunities.”

Jacob has created noncredit courses and programs tailored to adult learners. In addition, she works with credit students enrolled in the UPMC St. Margaret Licensed Practical Nursing program at UPMC McKeesport. Jacob always makes the effort to personally seek feedback from participants in order to improve her programs and guarantee that students have the tools they need to be successful.

In addition to completion of her master’s degree in adult education, Jacob is the current vice president of the Continuing Education Association of Pennsylvania, as well as a member of the Mon Valley Providers Council, the Regional Chamber Alliance and the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce. The Shirley Hendrick Award recognizes an administrator University-wide who has contributed to the success of Penn State’s efforts to serve adult learners. The award is named in memory of Shirley Hendrick (1936–2000), the first recipient and dean for continuing education in the Smeal College of Business and inaugural chair of the Commission for Adult Learners, who advocated for continuing education.

“I hope to continue to share the vision of Shirley Hendrick,” said Jacob, “and serve adult learners in the Pittsburgh area.”

Previous Agendas & Minutes

2016-2017

Meeting Date Commission Meeting Executive Committee Meeting
September 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
October 19, 2016 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
November 16, 2016 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
December 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
February 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
March 22, 2017 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
April 19, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 8, 2017 Agenda Minutes

2015-2016

Meeting Date Commission Meeting Executive Committee Meeting
September 16, 2015 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
October 21, 2015 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
November 18, 2015 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
December 16, 2015 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
February 17, 2016 Agenda Not Available Executive Agenda Not Available
March 16, 2016 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
April 20, 2016 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
May 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes

2014-2015

Meeting Date Commission Meeting Executive Committee Meeting
September 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
October 15, 2014 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
November 19, 2014 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
December 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
February 18, 2015 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
March 18, 2015 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
April 15, 2015 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
May 11, 2015 Agenda Minutes

2013-2014

Meeting Date Commission Meeting Executive Committee Meeting
September 18, 2013 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
October 16, 2013 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
November 20, 2013 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
December 18, 2013 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
February 19, 2014 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
March 19, 2014 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
April 16, 2014 Agenda Minutes Executive Agenda Executive Minutes
May 14, 2014 Agenda Minutes

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