Penn State Intercom......February 1, 2001

University receives $6 million
to create family literacy institute

As part of a substantial educational spending bill signed by President Clinton in December, the College of Education will receive $6 million to establish the Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State -- an initiative spearheaded by U.S. Rep. William F. Goodling (R-Jacobus). In his honor, it will be named the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy.

Goodling recently retired from the U.S. House of Representatives, where he had been a champion of education programs.

The University was selected as the site for the institute based on its long-term commitment to quality literacy programming. The College of Education already is home to the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, and the two institutes will collaborate to develop and publish course materials and one or more courses in family literacy to be offered through the World Campus.

The Goodling Institute also will collaborate with the National Center for Family Literacy, based in Louisville, Ky., to provide high-quality, research-based instruction and programs in family literacy, as well as a certificate program with credits applicable toward a Penn State master's degree in adult education or early childhood education. The Goodling Institute will be housed at the University Park and York campuses.

Pennsylvania is a national leader in family literacy and one of only a few states to offer such programs on a statewide basis with support from both federal and state funds. Barbara Van Horn, senior research assistant in the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, and Nickie Askov, professor of adult education and director of the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, are co-directors of the new institute.