What is the Real World Action Program?

A nationally recognized model of student engagement

The Pitt-Johnstown Real World Action Program is a campus-wide initiative designed to guide students through a series of programs, activities, and experiences that complement their academic studies.  The nationally recognized program has been carefully designed to:

Real World Action Program

  • Emphasize the importance of developing and following a pathway for career and professional development;
  • Promote and recognize active engagement on campus, in our local community, our country and the world;        
  • Recognize and affirm efforts to develop habits of leadership, involvement, service and citizenship while acting locally or globally to improve our communities;        
  • Facilitate students’ personal and professional development by augmenting or supplementing classroom learning with rich out-of-class experiences;      
  • Track and document students’ growth and development throughout college life;   
  • Build awareness of the importance of positive action -- beginning with the self and extending to the campus, our community and our world;
  • Further personal development in areas of leadership, involvement, service and citizenship;         
  • Complement the academic record and provides a Real World Action Program Portfolio that reflects a rich array of out of class learning as well as overall engagement on campus, the community and our world;      
  • Enhance prospects for success in an increasingly competitive world as the student presents prospective employers or graduate schools with a record of his/her accomplishments.

An article in the January 2, 2010 issue of Student Affairs Leader touted the the Real World Action Program's innovative approach to student engagement: “Many programs encourage students to become active members of their campuses. At the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, an innovative initiative called the Real World Action Program takes the idea a step further—it encourages students to see themselves as active members of multiple communities, including the global community.”