AHEAD @ Penn

Thursday, October 19, 2017 to Friday, October 20, 2017
University of Pennsylvania
Friday, May 6, 2016 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Graduate School of Education, 3700 Walnut Street, Room 200

Join Penn AHEAD and The Netter Center for the fifth and final session on the role of higher educational and anchor institutions in promoting college and career readiness of high school students in Philadelphia.

Friday, April 15, 2016 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Steinberg-Dietrich Hall Room 109

Join PennAHEAD and The Netter Center for the fourth of a five session seminar on the role of higher educational and other anchor institutions in promoting college and career readiness of high school students in Philadelphia. This session features Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania and David Maurrasse, President, Marga, Inc., and Director of the Anchor Institution Task Force.

Session is facilitated by Dr. Laura Perna, James S. Riepe Professor, Penn GSE. 

Lunch is provided. Please RSVP to Janee Franklin:


»Slides from the presentations are now available. Please click here to access Penn's Strategic Approach to Economic Inclusion and here to access Promoting Employment and College and Career Readiness for High School Students



AHEAD on the Road

Monday, September 26, 2016 -
8:30am to 3:30pm
Turnbull Conference Center

Penn AHEAD Executive Director Laura Perna gives a keynote speech on conducting research to improve equity in higher education attainment at Florida State University College of Education's 10th Annual Dean's Symposium. This year's symposium brings together educational researchers, state policy-makers, school administrators, teachers, and Florida State faculty and students to dicuss issues of critical importance to the state and nation. This year's theme is "Increasing Momentum for Post-Secondary Success."

Thursday, March 31, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
University of Louisville, University Club, Mary Bingham Room

AHEAD Executive Director Laura Perna travels to the University of Louisville to speak about the need for a comprehensive approach to improving higher education attainment. This event is part of the University of Louisville's Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development's speaker series.

Click here to view event flyer.

Thursday, November 5, 2015
2015 ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education) Conference in Denver, CO

PennAHEAD Executive Director and President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) delivered her presidential address at the 2015 ASHE Conference. She offers a top-ten list for how ASHE research must capitalizing on their strategic advantages to ensure the value of their work to higher education policy and practice into the future.

Read more here.

Advice for Policymakers and Institutional Leaders

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 7:00am

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has released 31 "Ed-Talk" videos that focus on important issues in K-12 and higher education such as education equity, the use of research in policy-making, student learning, and opportunities for disadvantage students. Accompanied by research fact sheets, these 6-minute talks headlined the AERA Knowledge Forum as part of the association’s Centennial year programming.

Penn AHEAD Executive Director Dr. Laura Perna focused her talk on improving college access and success for students from historically underrepresented groups. The full video can be found here and the accompanying research fact sheet can be downloaded here.


Friday, September 18, 2015
University of Kansas- Edwards Campus

Penn AHEAD Executive Director Dr. Laura Perna delivered a keynote address at the 2015 Kansas-Missouri Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion in Higher Education. Dr. Perna's speech focused on the importance of closing the gaps in college-related outcomes that persist across demographic groups. For a summary of her speech, please click here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 10:00am
National Press Club, Washington, DC

Dr. Margaret Cahalan, Director of The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education & Vice President for Research, Council for Opportunity in Education and Dr. Laura Perna, Executive Director of Penn AHEAD shared dialogue about findings from their new report: Indicators of Higher Education in Equity in the United States: 45-Year Report.