The most recent Penn AHEAD poll sheds light on the perceived influence of higher education leaders on vari­ous areas of decision making in higher education. Higher education leaders believe that they influence institutional decisions in a number of areas, including the appointment of senior management, personnel policies, budget, and information dissemination.
From The Atlantic:  "A UPS program in Louisville gives students free tuition for working the third shift, but at what cost?" PennAHEAD Executive Director Laura Perna weighs in on the potential physical, mental and academic costs. Click here to read the full article.
"Students from high-income families are considerably more likely than students from low-income families to earn a college degree...dependent students from families in the highest income quartile are now eight times more likely than dependent students from families in the lowest income quartile to earn a bachelor's degree by age 24." Read more of today's blog by Dr. Laura Perna in The Hill. 
The New York Times, February 4, 2015: AHEAD Executive Director Laura Perna notes college preparation advantage for wealthier families. 
On Monday, January 26, 2015, the Governor-General of Australia named PennAHEAD Senior Scholar Alan Ruby to the Honours List as a Member of the Order [of Australia] AM "for significant service to international education through global reform initiatives, and the philanthropic organizations."
Las Vegas, Nevada (January 27, 2015) – The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) is pleased to announce it has received a $24,998 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation. These funds will support research and collaborations at the 2015 ASHE Conference. Dr. Laura Perna, James S. Riepe Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and President of ASHE, is the Primary Investigator for the grant project. Dr. Kim Nehls, Executive Director of ASHE, serves as co-PI.
The most recent AHEAD poll provides insight into what higher education leaders are thinking with regard to intercollegiate athletics. Most—though not all—higher education leaders believe that intercollegiate athletics are an important component of higher education. Some leaders, however, articulate concerns.
Inside Higher Ed, December 3, 2014: Reactions to the Inaugural Leading Academic Change Summit      
NASFAA. November 13, 2015: Panel Discusses Simplification, Accountability As HEA Reauthorization Looms.