2021-2022 Committees

Adult Learner Engagement Committee (ALEC)

Charge: Leverage and support University partner groups working with Penn State’s adult learner population in order to strengthen methods of sharing best practices regarding the facilitation of an engagement pathway for adult learners.

Co-Chairs: Gina Whalen and Biddy Brooks

Members: Ann Taylor, JoAnn Kelly, Jeff Warner, Leslie Laing

Volunteer: Interested in joining this committee as a volunteer? Contact the committee co-chairs.

Hendrick Committee

Charge: To recognize exemplary contributions to the success of our adult learner population through the selection of the Shirley Hendrick Award and to plan the annual Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners conference, which showcases best practices from adult learner practitioners across the Penn State community.

Co-Chairs: Chuck Greggs and Ruth Ann Herstek: Hendrick Conference Program; Brian Redmond: Shirley Hendrick Award Selection

Members: Melissa Kunes, Michael Vicaro, Libby Tisdell, Kathy McCool, Michelle Wiley

Volunteer: Interested in joining this committee as a volunteer? Contact the committee co-chairs.

One Penn State Moving Forward

Charge: Working within the context of the one Penn State 2025 vision, review current Penn State practices regarding how information is shared with the adult learner and develop concrete pathways to gather and synthesize more input from them. Recommend next steps to improve communication, programs, and services for Penn State’s adult learners.

Co-Chairs: Eugene McFeely and Antone Aboud

Members: Kelly Wolgast, Avis Kunz, Debbie Flaig, Jeanmarie Jacob

Volunteer: Interested in joining this committee as a volunteer? Contact the committee chair.

Student Persistence, Experience, and Completion (SPEC)

Charge: Monitor adult learner data and invite input from student members in order to cover gaps and to identify new practices that will enhance the adult learner’s educational experience, support persistence, and enable completion.

Co-chairs: Michele Rice and Renée Thornton-Roop

Members: Bill Fritz, Charles Patrick, Anne Behler, Trisha Everhart, Stacey Sekely

Volunteer: Interested in joining this committee as a volunteer? Contact the committee co-chairs.