Cluster Learning Model

A Better Way of Learning

Cluster Learning powers our unique and integrated academic environment. It’s all about focusing on learning as a process! 

Our courses focus less on final products and more on helping you learn how to learn, how to take risks in your learning, and how to find, understand, and use academic knowledge to help you reach your life and career goals.

Cluster Learning breaks down boundaries between disciplines, between the classroom and “the real world,” and between teacher and student so that we are all learners, who—together—can change the world. 

At Plymouth State, you’ll tackle real-world issues and problems that you care about through personal and professional opportunities that prepare you for lifelong success.

High-Impact Learning

Members of student run marketing and design agency

“It’s been a great experience working with PSU’s Marketing and Design Agency class. The students are excited to work in marketing, and they have created top-notch content for us to use.”

— Gunstock Mountain Resort’s Sales and Marketing Director

Researching Sustainable Opportunities

This is a perfect example of Cluster Learning in action. Students are gaining critical hands-on experience while building a network of contacts they’ll need to work and succeed in the real world.

— President Donald L. Birx

Students at wastewater treatment lagoon

Providing Professional Consulting Services

Students meeting with country store owners

There is a real sense of pride and accomplishment when our students pitch their ideas and then bring them to fruition.

— Business Professor Denise Hutchins

Cluster Learning is in Fashion

“I have been able to learn about the entire business side as well as the design side of a company and that is very different from your usual merchandising and marketing major.”

Camilla Puzio ’24

Fashion students

NASA Solar Eclipse Project

Students releasing a weather balloon for a NASA solar eclipse project

“I am excited about the research, and this is also a huge opportunity for artists to get noticed and for our community to learn about what scientists are doing.”

Emily Roy ’24

More Success With Less Stress

“Roughly 90 percent of every task I complete as an educator starts with a question that I must generate and refine to solve a specific problem or improve on something. Having had that experience (at PSU) makes this process feel familiar and leads me to more success with less stress.”

Griffin Nyhan ’20

Student presenting to class