Our Place in the World

Our Place in the World

Penn State Beaver recently undertook a strategic visioning process that helped to define the campus’ position and potential within Penn State University, the Pittsburgh region, and the new and increasingly complex environment in Beaver County.

The process was organized around three of the university’s top campaign goals: Transformative Academic Experiences, Open Doors and Impact the World. Over the course of the year, and as a result of campus-wide conversations, several subcommittees – made up of faculty, staff, students and community members – ultimately identified a group of initiatives that were then ranked through a campus-wide survey.

The top-ranked initiatives not only create a more welcoming environment for our students, but they help to connect our students with the community and world around them.

Innovation Hub

In collaboration with regional partners and in the context of the Invent Penn State initiative, establish an innovation hub in Beaver County that would serve as a way to connect students with local industries. It could include co-working spaces, a business accelerator, a maker space, a community kitchen, an after-school arts program and/or job training.

A 21st century library

Renovate the library into a welcoming space with possibilities for common and quiet areas, a café, an intimate lecture space, a gallery space and a global classroom fitted with current technology to support our Experiential Digital Global Engagement program.

Experiential Digital Global Engagement

Connect place-bound Penn State Beaver classes with classes around the world through the use of technology. The first foray into this “virtual international exchange” is a collaboration with the University of Split in Croatia. For more about this program, visit the EDGE page.

Multi-use pavilion

Build an outdoor events space in the center of campus that would also serve as the new home of the Brodhead Cultural Center.