Penn GSE AHEAD

The State Review Project

While the federal government invests substantial resources in student financial aid, states have the primary responsibility to develop policies that raise overall higher education attainment and improve equity. The importance of understanding how states may accomplish these goals has never been greater, as educational attainment is increasingly required for economic and social well-being of individuals and our society. Drawing on data collected from case studies of the relationship between public policy and higher education performance in five states (Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Texas, and Washington), researchers Laura Perna and Joni Finney’s new book The Attainment Agenda offers a framework for understanding how state public policy can effectively promote educational attainment. 

Funder 

National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (with support from the Gates and Lumina Foundations) 

Researcher 

Joni Finney, Penn GSE Laura Perna, Penn GSE

Research Team 

Michael Armijo, Jamey Rorison, and Awilda Rodriguez

Press Coverage 

American RadioWorks, March 18, 2014: The Attainment Agenda 

Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2014:  States and Their Higher Ed Policy Shortcomings

Publications 

Finney, J., Perna, L.W., & Callan, P. (2014, February). Renewing the promise: State policies to improve higher education performance. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for Higher Education Research.

Perna, L.W., & Finney, J. (2014). The attainment agenda: State policy leadership in higher education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.*

*Please use this flyer to purchase the book with a 30% discount

Media 

Publications

Perna, L.W., & Finney, J. (2014, March). The attainment agenda: State policy leadership in higher education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.*

*Please use this flyer to purchase the book with a 30% discount.
Callan, P., Finney, J., Perna, L.W. (2014, February). Renewing the promise: State policies to improve higher education performance. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for Higher Education Research.