Penn GSE AHEAD

LEADING THE CONVERSATION

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

AHEAD @ Penn
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. This session features Alexandrea Robinson- Rogers, College and Career Readiness, School District of Philadelphia; Glenn Bryan, The University of Pennsylvania; Larry Eichel, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Elaine Leigh and Ed Smith, The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. 

The panel is facilitated by Laura Perna, James S. Riepe Professor, The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education; and Cory Bowman, Associate Director, The Netter Center for Community Partnerships.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Janeé Franklin: janeef@upenn.edu

 

AHEAD @ Penn
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: janeef@upenn.edu

 

»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 @ Penn
Thursday, April 7, 2016 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Graduate Student Center, Room 305 3615 Locust Walk

The Transition to Higher Education in France: Differences between secondary schools in the framing and support of students' choice. Join PennAHEAD and visiting scholar Agnés van Zanten for a discussion on the political, economic and social pressures, the rapid transformation of the landscape of higher education and the growing diversification of incoming students' profiles and expectations. Using data from an ongoing study, the talk will focus on general trends in access to higher education as well as specific institutions. 

 Agnés van Zanten is a sociologist and senior research professor working for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at OSC at Sciences Po, Paris. She is also the director of the series "Education et Société at Presses Universitaires de France. 

Coffee and donuts will be served.

  • To view the presentation from this discussion please click here.