Center for Participant Education

CPE was established in 1970 at Florida State University in Tallahassee 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 which 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 desicions by consensus.
• We fight against the subjugation of the oppressed.
• We aim towards total inclusivity.
• We strive to reflect the needs of the community.