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The results of our third poll provide insight into the enrollment-related concerns of higher education institutions. In the fall of 2014, first-time, full-time undergraduate enrollment exceeded expectations at some institutions but fell below targeted levels at a noteworthy share of colleges and universities. Though institutions with greater than expected enrollment may be challenged to accommodate additional students, institutions with lower than expected enrollment face the important budgetary implications that come with lower than expected tuition revenues. Click here to review the results and commentary.

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.  

Survey of higher education leaders reveals 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.

Survey of higher education trend spotters finds that there is more discussion about MOOCs now than a year ago. Nonetheless, higher education leaders are still uncertain about the benefits to institutions or students.

Penn AHEAD faculty and staff made a strong presence at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). They presented their research and participated in roundtables and symposia on topics as diverse as university-community partnerships, higher education globalization, organizational culture, and graduate student development. AHEAD made an impact through social media, as well, live-tweeting individual sessions and many of they keynote speakers. The highlight of the event was certainly having our own Laura Perna’s outstanding scholarship recognized by being named an AERA Fellow.

Philadelphia, PA, February 27, 2014 — Helping more people get a postsecondary education is a national challenge that many large states are failing to accomplish because these states have no plan for improvement, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE). The unique and wide-ranging study takes more than ten years' of often fragmented state higher education data, augmented by extensive interviews with state policymakers, and synthesizes a series of policy recommendations relevant to all states.

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