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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.
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.
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 Office of the Provost has selected Penn GSE’s Dr. Laura Perna as a 2014 Penn Fellow. Penn Fellows are recognized as up-and-coming leaders in Penn’s distinguished faculty, and over the next year, they will work to develop cross-university networks, think strategically about higher education and the future of Penn, and build leadership capacity across the University. Dr.
​American adults have fallen behind their international peers in reading, math and problem-solving skills just as the economy demands more technologically adept workers, according to a November 2013 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report.
Emerging data from a new AHEAD study show that massive open online courses (MOOCs) have relatively few active users, that user “engagement” falls off dramatically—especially after the first 1-2 weeks of a course—and that few users persist to the course end. Laura Perna and Alan Ruby presented the findings at the MOOC Research Initiative Conference in Texas in December. READ MORE
AHEAD's new study on the lifecycle of MOOCs users was recently featured on the homepage of The New York Times. The study found that "on average, only about half of those who registered for a course ever viewed a lecture, and only about 4 percent completed the courses." READ MORE