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Penn State Contacts for Students

Penn State Career Services provides individual career counseling, career assessments, educational workshops, and a print and online resource library. Career Services, a division of Student Affairs, also coordinates career fairs, job and internship postings, on-campus interviewing, and opportunities for networking with alumni.

University Office of Global Programs oversees education abroad programs; facilitates the hosting of international students, scholars, and international visitors; and collaborates with academic units and faculty to cultivate and build strategic partnerships and collaborations around the world.

Penn State Outreach and Online Education (OOE) enrolls more than 13,000 learners through Penn State’s online campus — World Campus — and provides Penn State resources and services to organizations, communities, and individuals. Among its engagement work, OOE offers a wealth of student engagement opportunities, provides leadership for the University Council on Engaged Scholarship, sponsors with the Faculty Senate the Faculty Outreach and Community Engagement and Scholarship Awards, and directs The Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh.

Penn State Undergraduate Education works closely with faculty and academic units to create stimulating learning environments inside the classroom while providing avenues for learning outside the classroom. Undergraduate Education provides resources to faculty, staff, and students alike, including information about research opportunities and learning communities.

Penn State’ 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

As a result of Penn State’s far-reaching community partnerships, including cancer prevention efforts in Appalachia and sustainable greenhouse design and production in Africa, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in January 2015 selected the University for its Community Engagement Classification. The classification recognizes “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy engagement,” according to the Carnegie Foundation. Some 361 U.S. colleges and universities have earned the classification.

2015 Reclassification Application (Adobe PDF)

Letters of Support (Adobe PDF)

Penn State Partnership Grid as of April 2014 (Adobe PDF)

January 7, 2015, Announcement on Penn State News

Readings about Engaged Scholarship

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) High-Impact Practices

Association of American Colleges and Universities Values Rubrics

Campus Compact, a website providing a short list of the journals that focus on engaged scholarship

Engagement Scholarship Consortium resource page

Handbook of Engaged Scholarship, Volume 1: Institutional Change

Handbook of Engaged Scholarship, Volume 2: Community-Campus Partnerships

The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, A Crucible Moment, College Learning & Democracy’s Future

Pascarella, E., & Terenzini, P. (2005). How College Affects Students: A Third Decade of Research

Student Engagement and Academic Initiatives and Partnerships, The California State University

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research

Professional Organizations

Engagement Scholarship Consortium, of which Penn State is a member, is a nonprofit educational organization aimed at working collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship and designed to help build community capacity.

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