Virtual conference

Virtual conference to focus on post-pandemic support for adult learners

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — The president of a California community college will discuss how to support adult learners in a post-COVID-19 world as part of Penn State’s annual conference on best practices for serving this student population .

Keith Curry, President of Compton College and CEO of Compton Community College District, will deliver the keynote address at the 2022 Penn State Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference. The conference will be streamed online beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 10. and Thursday, May 11.

Faculty, staff and administrators from all universities in the country are invited to attend. Registration is open until May 1.

As president and CEO, Curry is responsible for promoting student enrollment, success, and retention and for working with college vice presidents to develop strategic plans and procedures to improve programs and Services.

Chuck Greggs, chair of this year’s Hendrick Lecture, said Curry’s ideas will certainly be timely and relevant for faculty, staff and administrators.

“Everyone has had the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Greggs, who is also director of enrollment management at Penn State Shenango. “In higher education, understanding lessons learned in teaching and learning allows us to create important innovations in the future to support adult learners. One of the goals of the Hendrick Conference is to share widely these lessons learned.

The topics were organized around two axes: recruiting and retaining adult learners and teaching theory and practice.

Sessions will include expert presentations, panel discussions with current Penn State adult learners, and recognition of the Outstanding Service Award for a Penn State employee who supports these students.

Adult learners make up a significant population of Penn State’s student body, with nearly 30,000 students attending the University through any of its 24 campuses, including University Park and Penn State World Campus.

The commission, established in 1998, includes administrators, faculty, and staff from across Penn State who are dedicated to examining policies and practices that will improve the adult learner’s experience at the University.

“The Commission has a rich history of advising University leaders on best practices related to adult learners,” said Kelly Wolgast, commission chair, associate professor at the College of Nursing and director of COVID-19 operations monitoring. of the University. Center. “This work continues through the dedicated members of the Commission representing our campuses and the learner population.”

The Penn State Commission for Adult Learners sponsors the annual conference, named for the late Shirley Hendrick, associate dean for continuing education at Penn State Smeal College of Business and the commission’s first chair.

Visit the Hendrick Conference website to register for this year’s conference.