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Portland State University

A Leader in Engagement

Engaged Learning Experiences

Portland State students participate in engaged and transformative learning experiences in which they build the knowledge, skills, values and motivation for making a positive difference in both their own lives and their communities.


arrowLearning and Scholarship Themes

PSU strengths are reflected in five action-oriented foci.


Engaged Scholarship

Engaged scholarship emerges from learning and discovery in collaboration with communities. It engages faculty in academically relevant work that simultaneously meets campus mission and community needs: a scholarly agenda that integrates communities' assets and interests. Engaged scholarship generates, transmits, integrates and applies knowledge through collaborations designed to contribute to the public good.

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  • Improve student success through engaged learning experiences.
  • Expand innovative scholarship that addresses regional issues and has global significance.
  • Enhance opportunity to higher education in the metropolitan region.

An Engaged Institution

Engagement describes the collaboration between Portland State and its larger communities (local, regional, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Through its engagement, Portland State creates and transmits knowledge with meaning and ensures relevant and authentic teaching and learning experiences.