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Center for Participant Education



Alex Tharp - Center for Participant Education Director
Pearson Bolt - Center for Participant Education Assistant Director


Location: CPE Office – We are located on the fourth floor of the Thagard Building



CPE Course Catalog 2019









We also have a newsletter that shares our weekly course schedule for all to attend! Email us and we can add you to the newsletter.

If you want to propose a class, follow this QR code or communicate with us over social media/gmail." 



CPE was established in 1970 to provide an alternative to the traditional curriculum taught at FSU. Students wanted to explore socially relevant topics and to foster a healthier philosophy of education through classes in which anyone could teach or attend. Since then, CPE has been investigated by the Legislature, suspended by the Board of Regents, and challenged by FSU administration. CPE has managed to hold strong through all of this, and remains today as one of the last free universities in the country.


Our mission:
1. CPE shall be a forum for progressive and alternative ideas on education, politics and the arts.
2. CPE shall provide an area where students and local citizens can initiate and enact new programs that interest them.
3. CPE shall provide guest lectures, movies, classes and other alternative programs to traditional programs.
4. CPE shall provide these educational classes and programs without charging a fee for instruction.
* Participation is open to students, faculty and staff of the Florida State University and the Tallahassee community.


Our guiding principles:
• We make our decisions by consensus.
• We fight against the subjugation of the oppressed.
• We aim towards total inclusivity.
• We strive to reflect the needs of the community.


What We Do:
We put on free classes that anyone can attend or teach! If you are interested in teaching a CPE class, you can email your class title, description, and preferred dates to cpeclasses@gmail.com. Our course schedule is already finalized for fall, but we are accepting applications for spring.


Come to a CPE Meeting!
We meet at All Saints Cafe every Sunday at 9am to discuss upcoming class proposals and organizational strategy. See you there!