The Center on Rural Education and Communities (CREC) conducts and supports both research and outreach activities that address rural education and community-related issues in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. CREC serves as an interdisciplinary focal point for these activities, connecting scholars and graduate students across the College of Education and the University more broadly. As an initiative supported by both the College of Education and Penn State’s Children Youth & Families Consortium, the Center forges networks and connections between Penn State-based scholars and graduate students, helping to develop and enhance a variety of research initiatives and outreach activities. The Center also houses the Journal of Research in Rural Education, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal which publishes original pieces of scholarly research of demonstrable relevance to educational and community-related issues within rural settings.
In pursuing our Center's mission then, our three major goals are:
To foster nationally and internationally significant interdisciplinary research alliances and outreach activities that benefit rural education and rural communities;
To serve as an information clearinghouse on issues affecting rural education and rural communities;
To act as a convener and bridge between rural schools, and communities at local, state, tribal and national levels.