Advancing the power of participation.

The Student Engagement Network advances the power of participation by connecting students with experiences that empower them to make a positive impact as citizens and leaders of the world.

Student Engagement Network

Mission Statement

Strategic Priorities



Enhance and enrich experiences with existing college, campus, outreach, and student affairs programs.


Develop a greater body of scholarship, a portal for all seeking potential engagement opportunities, and a dynamic means for community members to develop opportunities.


Increase the number of students and faculty participating in engagement opportunities.


Effectively inform engagement experience constituencies of their impact on students, community, and development.

Committment to Learning


The Council on Engaged Scholarship (COES) was formed in October 2012 to advance Penn State’s public research mission, creating an environment to foster engaged teaching, research, and service. Disbanded in 2016, the COES was composed of students, faculty, and staff from throughout the University. Council members recommended, developed, facilitated, and implemented comprehensive efforts to support a rich engaged scholarship program. The three major sponsors were Robert Pangborn, Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Education; Damon Sims, Vice President for Student Affairs; and Tracy Huston, Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education. The sponsors—along with a highly active COES membership that included seven working sub-committees—guided strategy, developed and evaluated policy, promoted collaboration, and advocated for the important role of engaged scholarship in reimagining the 21st century land-grant mission.

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