2020–2021 Committees

Adult Learner Engagement Committee (ALEC)

Charge: Leverage and support University partner groupsworking 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: Jeff Warner and Leslie Lang

Members: Ann Taylor, JoAnn Kelly, Gina Whalen, Ryan Godbey, Biddy Brooks

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; Patricia Staskiel: Shirley Hendrick Award Selection

Members: Melissa Kunes, Michael Vicaro, Gary Chinn, Libby Tisdell

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. Recommend next steps regarding the creation of a central repository housing relevant information related to services available to the adult learner.

Co-Chairs: Eugene McFeely and Antone Aboud

Members: Kelly Wolgast, Avis Kunz, Debbie Flaig, Eva Ku

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 Rene Thornton-Roop

Members: Bill Fritz, Patrick Charles, Anne Behler, Anthony Coleman

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