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PA Governor's Advisory Commission Releases State-Wide Education Recommendations

November 14, 2012

Penn Foster CEO Collaborates with State Officials to Help Strengthen Postsecondary Education

November 14, 2012 - SCRANTON, Pa -- Penn Foster, Inc., a global leader in online education, announced this week that the company's CEO participated in a 31-member panel of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education. The panel met throughout the state of Pennsylvania over the past several months, and has released a series of recommendations with the intent of strengthening the higher education sector in the Commonwealth.

The overarching goal of the panel was to develop long-term strategies that would have a positive impact on the state of postsecondary education in Pennsylvania. The Governor’s Executive Order specifically called for the commission to review policies to aid in the ongoing development and maintenance of the postsecondary education system, as well as policies to ensure education is accessible and affordable for all students. In addition, the commission reviewed governance and financial structures and opportunities for increased collaboration among educational institutions.

Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt was hand-picked by Governor Thomas Corbett and was also joined by administrators from Temple University, Penn State, the University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny Community College, and many others with backgrounds in education and the private sector.
"The study these recommendations came out of is unprecedented because it links 10 years of educational and economic development data," said Britt. "The state now has an educational platform that all institutions in the state can strive to follow. The time and consideration taken in this process shows the commitment the state of Pennsylvania is making to education, and we hope we can be a model for other states in the nation to do the same."

The commissioners unanimously supported the following recommendations:

Details of the entire report can be found at

About Penn Foster 
Penn Foster is a global leader in online education, providing high school diplomas, career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades. Penn Foster has a rich history in distance learning, tracing back to their roots as the International Correspondence School founded in 1890. The institution today, comprised of Penn Foster High School (the largest high school in the United States), Penn Foster College, and Penn Foster Career School graduate 25,000 annually and have always been dedicated to educating and training America's working population.

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