Conference on adult learners comes at the right economic time

University Park, Pa. — During the current economic downturn, more and more adult learners are returning to school. Penn State's population of nearly 93,000 students University-wide includes more than 25,000 adult learners — those 24 years old and older who have returned to school after a few years, are active duty and veterans of the military or are managing multiple roles. Serving the educational needs of this growing student population is the focus of the annual Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference, set for Monday, May 18, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The theme for this one-day conference is "The Changing Face of Our Campuses."

This year's keynote speaker is Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy, executive director of NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education since 1995. A national advocate for students, Dungy has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and is the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners.

The conference also will feature presentations by Penn State classroom and distance learning instructors, administrators, counselors and researchers, as well as professionals from other universities. They will share their best practices for working with adult learners to make the educational experiences of these students more fulfilling.

The Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference is sponsored by the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners. Registration is $69. One travel grant per campus is available. For more information, visit online.

Penn State Conferences plans and manages more than 300 programs each year, with enrollments of nearly 45,000. The programs represent the diversity and strength of Penn State's academic colleges and provide opportunities for many individuals — scholars and scientists; business and organization clients; youth, families, pre-college students and seniors; current Penn State students and professionals in health care, education, workforce development and other areas — to learn about the latest scholarship, research and developments in their fields or participate in enriching learning experiences. For more information, visit online. Penn State Conferences is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide.


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Last Updated April 20, 2009