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Penn AHEAD advances critical conversations about the roles and purposes of higher education through its engagement with public policymakers, college and university administrators, and researchers. Through presentations, seminars, and other events at Penn and around the world, we seek to promote ongoing public dialogue about critical issues facing higher education, and identify and disseminate information about innovative and productive solutions to these issues.

Expert Advice for Policymakers

Testimony Before Congress

Dr. Laura Perna testified in front of the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on April 30, 2015, on efforts to improve higher education access and completion for low-income and first-generation students. Dr. Perna's testimony specifically focused on the role of college access and success programsClick here to view the press release and click here to watch Dr. Perna's testimony. 

Last summer, Dr. Perna testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on states' role in higher education. Click here to view the video of her testimony.  

Featured Events

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:00am
Stiteler Hall, 1st Floor, Room B32

Please join us for a special seminar with Rajashri Chakrabarti, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she will present her research on the effects of state funding for higher education on long-term student outcomes. 

AHEAD @ Penn
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:00am
St. Leonard's Court, 3819 Chestnut Street, Conference Room 102

If you are interested in higher education policy and/or international higher education, please join us for this talk by Tobias Schultze-Cleven. The entire AHEAD team will be present, so we are looking for a great conversation!

AHEAD @ Penn
Thursday, October 19, 2017 to Friday, October 20, 2017
University of Pennsylvania