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Family and Consumer Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. Duane Whitbeck

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Contact Person:
Holly Viets

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Phone: 620-235-4457
Fax: 620-235-4686

Family & Consumer Sciences
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

The Center for the Study of Poverty and Student AchievementGorilla head image


Mission of the Center

To support and extend the work of educators who assist those affected by poverty, through research and training.

Vision of the Center

The Center recognizes that the causes of poverty are multi-faceted and the effects of poverty are far-reaching. Our vision is to create a center that uses an interactive, multi-disciplinary approach involving partnerships between education and community - each partner pursuing individual, yet related goals - to increase student learning and improve the lives of those affected by poverty.  In essence, the vision is about leveling the playing field to ensure that all children have an opportunity to learn.  Consequently, the following vision statement has been adopted:

Vision Statement:  All children will have an opportunity to learn, achieve, and reach their full potential, regardless of the economic conditions that surround them.



White Paper Document on the Center - This document outlines the Center's scope and purpose.


For additional information regarding the Institute, contact:
PSU College of Education at 620-235-4518
Dr. Marilyn Dishman-Horst at 620-235-6134
or email Dr. Dishman-Horst at