Mission and Vision

What do we do?

Penn State Learning develops and assesses peer-led, undergraduate learning communities in math, natural sciences, writing, languages, economics and statistics through tutoring, workshops, and guided study groups.

What do we envision?

With the help of Penn State Learning and other advocates for academic excellence, all undergraduates admitted to University Park campus will meet or exceed the skill standards required to succeed as scholars in their chosen programs and will thrive as engaged citizens and peer educators within a global society.  

Strategic Priorities for 2018-20

1)  To use quantitative and qualitative research on the impact of Penn State Learning programs to engage instructors of supported courses in coordinated efforts to increase students’ academic engagement within and outside the classroom.

2)  To make metacognition the foundation of all Penn State Learning practices and to promote its integration into all our academic support programs.

3)  To move from a (Standard) English-only learning community to a translingual learning community where international and domestic Englishes and the people who use them, as well as those who know and are learning languages other than English, are vital partners in our commitment to global citizenship and to “All-In at Penn State.”

Ongoing Goals for Diversity and Sustainability:

  • Hire students from groups that are underrepresented in their majors and/or in our programs.
  • Work with Educational Equity and ESL programs to identify talented students who are interested in tutoring for us.
  • Promote our student job opportunities with the federal Work-Study program so that we can hire more first generation college students as tutors and receptionists.
  • Make private break space for student employees who have obligations related to religious observances.
  • Mentor minority staff and students, serve on equity commissions, advise minority and sustainability-oriented student organizations, and seek development opportunities related to diversity and sustainability.
  • Participate in voluntary composting, making minimal use of artificial lighting, maximizing passive solar warming in cold weather and sun-blocking window treatments in the summer.
  • Identify staff to serve on local green teams within facilities we occupy.
  • Prepare tutors to support diversity and sustainability courses, especially to the extent that these courses are part of the general education curriculum.