I. The Pennsylvania State University

University Outreach

Penn State Outreach extends the intellectual expertise and resources of the University through teaching, research, and service to address the social, civic, economic, and environmental issues and opportunities of our Commonwealth, nation, and world. Working closely with faculty in all the academic colleges and campuses, the University delivers outreach programs and services at convenient times and accessible locations through Cooperative Extension, Continuing Education, Distance Education (World Campus), and Penn State Public Broadcasting. University scholarship is shared through print; video and multimedia; the internet; on-site courses and certificate programs for credit; online credit certificates and degree programs; conferences; institutes and seminars; symposia; continuing professional education; and management development programs and services. Outreach also works with faculty and academic units to foster engaged scholarship initiatives that address key societal issues. The vice president for Outreach, in collaboration with the University Council on Engagement and the Faculty Senate Committee on Outreach, advances outreach programs and services University-wide. For more information, contact the vice president for Outreach at 814-865-7581.

Continuing Education

Faculty members disseminate research, provide instruction, and extend their scholarship through Continuing Education programs at all Penn State locations. Each college dean or campus chancellor is responsible in partnership with Outreach for Continuing Education in his/her college or campus. The academic department serves as the basic unit for outreach activities. Faculty members are encouraged to develop and deliver credit and noncredit Continuing Education courses; certificate, diploma, and licensure programs; conferences, workshops, symposia, and teleconferences. The work of faculty is supported by the associate vice president for academic outreach. For more information, contact the associate vice president for academic outreach at 814-863-6726.

World Campus/Distance Education

For more than a century, distance education has helped Penn State serve learners nationally and internationally. Distance Education programs involve teaching and learning relationships where students and instructors are geographically separated and communication between them occurs through technical media (e.g., radio, television, audio, video, computer, and correspondence). In 1998, Penn State took that tradition into the twenty-first century by creating a World Campus that uses technology to create global learning communities around some of the University's best and most respected academic programs. In partnership with the academic colleges, the World Campus seeks to ensure access to Penn State’s academic resources, particularly by adult learners, and to extend the University’s academic programs nationally and internationally. For more information, contact the executive director of the World Campus at 814-863-6726.

Conferences and Institutes

Faculty are encouraged to disseminate research through conferences, institutes, workshops, seminars, symposia, and short courses. Colleges are responsible for program content and for instructional staff. Staff from the Conferences and Institutes and Continuing Education offices at all Penn State locations support development and delivery of these programs. Professional planners assist faculty in offering conferences, workshops and institutes. Penn State Conferences also manages annual gatherings and programs offered by professional associations often hosted by Penn State faculty or college departments. Many conferences and workshops are offered at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, which is located at Innovation Park to the east of the University Park campus. The facility features enhanced technology resources, including interactive video-conferencing, satellite technology, computer-based group decision-making classrooms, and audiovisual equipment. For more information, contact Conferences and Institutes at 814-863-5100.

Penn State Public Broadcasting

Penn State Public Broadcasting (PSPB) provides media production services to the University community, and distributes media to citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond.  PSPB’s Emmy Award-winning team develops public service media projects that raise awareness of important and timely issues by combining powerful programming with robust outreach initiatives. These projects reach beyond broadcast to impact communities by promoting public engagement, fostering partnerships and providing tools to encourage local discussion. PSPB’s WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM broadcast public television and radio content to over 500,000 households in central and northern Pennsylvania; PSPB content is also distributed statewide on Comcast’s video on demand service, through WPSU’s YouTube channel, and through streaming media worldwide (www.ondemand.psu.edu). PSPB’s Creative Group integrates project management, instructional design, marketing intelligence, and innovative website and creative media production in support of the University’s mission of teaching, research and service. Educational Services provides PBS-related online support to teachers and students. Penn State Media Sales licenses, markets and distributes educational videos for universities, government agencies, and educational institutions. For more information, contact the associate vice president for public media at 814-863-5633.

Cooperative Extension

Cooperative Extension, a non-formal educational delivery system with programs focused on locally identified issues, is funded jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Commonwealth, and county governments. Penn State faculty members with extension responsibilities provide statewide leadership for extension education programs. They develop resources in cooperation with county extension agents, paraprofessionals, and volunteers who help plan, present, and evaluate the programs. All programs delivered by Cooperative Extension are noncredit. Cooperative Extension is jointly managed by the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and the vice president for Outreach. Each year, more than two million people across the state participate in activities such as cooperative extension seminars, workshops, conferences, short courses, computer-assisted learning, learn-at-home programs, and 4-H youth development programs. Programs and resources center on agriculture, environmental issues, forest resource management, food safety, community development, family life, nutrition, and health, among many other topics. Information is delivered through publications, newspapers, radio, television, and a computer network. For more information, contact the associate vice president for outreach and director of cooperative extension at 814-865-5410.

Pennsylvania State University Press

The Pennsylvania State University Press, established in 1956, publishes peer-reviewed scholarly books and journals for print and online delivery (ebooks, subscriptions, database aggregations). Focusing principally in the arts, social sciences, and humanities for scholars and researchers worldwide, the publishing arm of the University produces, preserves, disseminates, and makes readily accessible the fruit of research to academics worldwide, to the citizens of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region, and to the nation. With nearly thirteen hundred volumes on its active backlist, the Press boasts award-winning titles in art and architectural history, medieval studies, literature, philosophy, and religion. It is also widely recognized for its publications in history (primarily American and European), political science, Latin American studies, and women's studies. Notable works of regional interest (published in its Keystone Book® imprint) fulfill the Press’s mission of outreach. Publishing in both print and online environments, the Press publishes twenty-one scholarly journals in the fields of education, history, medieval studies, Jewish studies, literature, philosophy, and political science, having added eight new journals for publication in 2012. The Press is an active member in the Association of American University Presses, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, the Publishers’ International Linking Association (CrossRef), the Society of Scholarly Publishing, and the Association of American Publishers. As an administrative unit reporting directly to the dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, the Press participates in joint projects with the Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing. For more information, call 814-865-1327 or visit www.psupress.org.




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