Program History

Established at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, under the leadership of its Graduate School of Education (GSE) with support from its Business School (the Wharton School) and at the urging of an advisory board consisting of lions from industry, the CLO Program was the first of its kind – a unique program, designed for professionals who are passionate about creating value at the intersection of learning and business. From its inception, PennCLO has drawn on Penn’s rich history of innovation, research, and practical application going back to Benjamin Franklin, the University’s founder. From the start, PennCLO has featured the talents of faculty from across the university, particularly from its Graduate School of Education (PennGSE) and its Business Schools (the Wharton School).

When the program began, while a GSE degree, it was formally co-sponsored by the Wharton School. In December, 2010, given the ecumenical nature of the program that spanned the university, the program evolved formally into a program that while housed at PennGSE pulled faculty from across the university rather than simply two of its schools. For all purposes of identification and records, including transcripts, PennCLO students and alumni are affiliated with PennGSE.