Education Secretary Ron Tomalis to address higher education challenges

April 02, 2013

Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference, which will be held this year at Penn State Harrisburg on Thursday, May 9. Penn State administrators, faculty and staff will share and discuss their best practices for working with and improving the educational experiences of adult learners University-wide at the conference.

Sponsored by Penn State’s Commission for Adult Learners, the conference will feature 14 presentations.

Secretary Tomalis will discuss the challenges facing higher education today and the efforts to increase educational attainment and degree completion across the commonwealth. He has led the Department of Education since 2011 and previously held other positions in Pennsylvania’s Department of Education and with the U.S. Department of Education. He also has served as a private adviser and consultant in the education field.

The Hendrick Conference will open with a Penn State Chancellors panel and include a presentation by the 2013 recipient of the Shirley Hendrick Award and a panel discussion with current adult learners. The Awards and Recognition Committee will recognize student success stories from throughout the University community. Additional conference sessions will focus on student accessibility, scholarships, advising, prior learning assessment, the Penn State Video Learning Network, the first-year seminar and more.

Penn State’s Commission for Adult Learners is comprised of faculty, staff and students from multiple University locations. The organization is dedicated to reviewing policies and practices that will improve the adult learner experience at Penn State.

To register for the Hendrick Conference, visit Contact Judy Wills with any registration questions at or 814-863-1316.

  • Ron Tomalis is Pennsylvania's secretary of education.

    Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis will be the keynote speaker at the Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference May 9.

    IMAGE: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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