Penn GSE AHEAD

Indicators of Equity In Higher Education Opportunity and Outcomes

Sep 2014 to Present

To improve equity in higher education attainment, policymakers and practitioners need current and appropriate data that document the status of inequity in important higher education outcomes. This project is intended to improve the availability and use of data documenting trends in the status of inequity in higher education opportunity and outcomes. this project will produce the following outcomes: internal systems and processes that enable sustainable production of Indicators reports into the future; a user-friendly data interface that enables any interested individual to easily obtain relevant indicators of higher education equity; additional indicators of equity in higher education so as to ensure a current and comprehensive description of higher education equity; and appropriate state-level indicators of higher education equity.

Funder 

This research is supported by Lumina Foundation (September 2016 - June 2018)

Researcher 

Laura Perna, Penn GSE Margaret Cahalan, Pell Institute

Publications 

Cahalan, M., Perna, L.W., Yamashita, M., Ruiz, R., & Franklin, K. (2017, April). Indicators of higher education equity in the United States: An historic trend report. Washington, DC:  The Pell Institute of the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy. 

Perna, L.W., & Ruiz, R. (2017, June). Geography and college attainment: A place-based approach, Higher Education Today, American Council on Education.  

Cahalan, M., Perna, L.W., Yamashita, M., Ruiz, R., & Franklin, K. (2016, April). Indicators of higher education equity in the United States: An historic trend report. Washington, DC: The Pell Institute of the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy. 

Cahalan, M., & Perna, L.W. (2015, February). Indicators of higher education equity in the United States: 45-year trend report.Washington, DC: The Pell Institute of the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.