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Our Mission

The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) is dedicated to promoting the public purposes of higher education in fostering open, equitable, and democratic societies. Located within the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, AHEAD applies a multidisciplinary, research-based approach to addressing the most pressing issues regarding the societal contributions of higher education in the United States and world. AHEAD applies what is known from our research and others to improve institutional practice and public policy through technical assistance and professional development activities. In this way we see the core work of AHEAD as linking theory and practice. READ MORE

MOVING AHEAD

Dr. Laura Perna testified in front of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions last week on states' role in higher education. Click here to view the video of her testimony.  

In August 2013 the Obama administration announced plans for a “College Scorecard” that would rate the accessibility, affordability, and outcomes of individual higher education institutions. The results of our poll suggest that higher education leaders have several concerns about an accountability scorecard, with the most commonly reported being recognition of institutional diversity, measurement of student outcomes, and unintended consequences of selected measures.

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