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Master of Education in
Higher Education


Ph.D., Higher Education, Penn State
M.A., Postsecondary Educational Leadership with emphasis in Student Affairs, San Diego State University
B.A., Communications, State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. Allie Goldstein is an assistant professor for the higher education program offered through Penn State World Campus. Her research, which focuses on online education, examines how predominantly residential institutions can create engagement opportunities and affinity-building activities for their online students.

Ph.D., Higher Education, Penn State
M.S., Metallurgical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Administration, Higher and Continuing Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Ceramic Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Karen Paulson is a professor and coordinator of online programs for the higher education program. She came to Penn State in September 2015 after 19 years of working with state and institutional policymakers at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems in Boulder, Colorado. Her areas of expertise include assessment, evaluation, accreditation, and the use of data. She has worked at nearly 60 postsecondary institutions and in 45 states.

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