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Vision & Mission

Vision & Mission


Penn State Altoona is committed to being a distinguished baccalaureate institution within the contextual framework of The Pennsylvania State University. Our vision combines the rich educational tradition of a liberal arts college with the challenges and opportunities found at a modern university. We strive to create a vibrant learning environment through our teaching excellence, research and creative accomplishments, and civic, social, and cultural contributions in order to empower students to reach their full potential.

For all of our constituents, we will serve as a source of intellectual and developmental exchange on three levels.

  • Source for Human Development
  • Source for Economic Development
  • Source for Cultural Enrichment


Penn State Altoona's mission is to engage our students, the local community, and the Commonwealth in the application and dissemination of knowledge through our teaching, research and outreach programs supported by a diverse and intellectually sustaining environment.

Core values

  • Learning
  • Student-Centeredness
  • Excellence
  • Citizenship
  • Community

Strategic Goals

  • Goal 1
    Cultivate academic excellence through the support of high-quality teaching, research and service.
  • Goal 2
    Enrich the educational experience of all Penn State students by becoming a more student-centered University.
  • Goal 3
    Create a more inclusive, civil, and diverse University learning community.
  • Goal 4
    Develop new academic programs as resources allow, and continue to expand current academic programs to better serve our students and their communities.
  • Goal 5
    Serve society through teaching, research and creative activity, and service.
  • Goal 6
    Develop new sources of non-tuition income, increase tuition income through enrollment growth, and reduce costs through improved efficiencies.