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Penn State Outreach and Online Education

Penn State Outreach and Online Education plays a strategic leadership role in advancing Penn State’s 21st century land-grant mission by, first, providing access to the University’s rigorous undergraduate, graduate programs and non-credit programs to adult students studying at distance through online education; and, second, by improving the welfare of communities across the Commonwealth, nation and world through engaged scholarship and outreach programs that connect the University’s faculty and student expertise to impact societal issues and to inform the curricula, research and student learning.

Outreach and Online Education (OOE) is the largest outreach organization in higher education, reaching learners in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, 50 states, and 62 countries. This far-reaching impact is achieved primarily through Penn State’s online campus — the World Campus — with 100 degree and certificate programs enrolling more than 13,000 students. In partnership with the colleges, campuses, and other administrative units, OOE also oversees the coordination of credit offerings through massive online credit courses (MOCCs), as well as the emerging opportunities in massive open online courses (MOOCs) and online non-credit offerings to enrich educational development. In addition, OOE continues its strong commitment to the 21st century land-grant mission through its active leadership in engaged scholarship efforts that enable students to apply their learning in community, professional, and global settings (e.g., service learning, applied community research and internships).

Outreach and Online Education resources are put to work in countless ways:

  • Online learning enables students to earn real Penn State degrees.
  • Credit and noncredit courses enrich educational development.
  • Workshops, conferences, and certification programs support professional and personal growth.
  • Broadcast and multimedia programming foster creative thinking and dialogue.
  • Consultation and technical assistance bolster business success and entrepreneurism.
  • Engaged scholarship activities promote applied research, service and learning to improve lives.

Through an array of programs and innovative delivery methods, we help individual learners, businesses, and communities accomplish their goals and achieve more. Our aim is to broaden and inspire minds, strengthen communities, positively impact society, promote quality of life, and ultimately support the University’s mission.

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