LHU Opens a Center for Excellence and Inclusion

8/21/13

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -Lock Haven University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Center for Excellence and Inclusion. The Center’s mission, according to Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Tyana Lange, is to provide a unified source of information, exemplary programs, and resources for student learning and to assist and engage students in achieving their academic and personal goals.

The Center, located in the former Office of Human and Cultural Diversity and assuming some of the work of that office, will provide academic resources, referrals, and services to all Lock Haven University students, empowering them to become engaged members of the LHU community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to apply a liberal education across disciplinary and cultural boundaries. It will benchmark best practices based in research on student success and inclusive excellence.

Under the leadership of Mr. Kenneth Hall, the Center for Excellence and Inclusion will be a hub for academic services that play a critical role in students’ success at all levels of their college experience. In collaboration with faculty advisors, the First Year Experience committee, the Enrollment Management Committee, the Minority Student Retention committee, and Student Affairs staff, the Center will provide a network of services to improve students’ learning experience at LHU, including coordination of a coherent and effective “First Year Experience.”

All students will be encouraged to use the services to help develop the skills necessary to achieve academic excellence. Provost Donna Wilson remarked that the Center for Excellence and Inclusion “will marshal human and fiscal resources from across the university to advance the Strategic Plan mandates to develop a comprehensive, coordinated first-year experience that includes a required orientation, a structured experience with a common set of learning outcomes, appropriate class schedule, and an early warning system to identify students who would benefit from additional assistance and to promote, assess, and improve engagement and learning for all students.”

For additional information please the Center’s director, Mr. Kenneth Hall, at (570) 484-2598 or at khall@lhup.edu.

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