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AHEAD @ Penn

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:00am to Friday, June 17, 2022 - 12:00am
University of Pennsylvania

This research conference, to be held  June 16-17, 2022 on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus will serve as a national convening of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners on performance funding and explicitly seeks to bridge these gaps in policy, research, and practice as a theoretically-grounded forum for dialogue and exploration. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:00am
St. Leonard's Court, 3819 Chestnut Street, Conference Room 102

If you are interested in higher education policy and/or international higher education, please join us for this talk by Tobias Schultze-Cleven. The entire AHEAD team will be present, so we are looking for a great conversation!

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:00am to Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:00am
University of Pennsylvania

AHEAD on the Road

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Turnbull Conference Center

Penn AHEAD Executive Director Laura Perna gives a keynote speech on conducting research to improve equity in higher education attainment at Florida State University College of Education's 10th Annual Dean's Symposium. This year's symposium brings together educational researchers, state policy-makers, school administrators, teachers, and Florida State faculty and students to dicuss issues of critical importance to the state and nation. This year's theme is "Increasing Momentum for Post-Secondary Success."

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
University of Louisville, University Club, Mary Bingham Room

AHEAD Executive Director Laura Perna travels to the University of Louisville to speak about the need for a comprehensive approach to improving higher education attainment. This event is part of the University of Louisville's Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development's speaker series.

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:00am
2015 ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education) Conference in Denver, CO

PennAHEAD Executive Director and President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) delivered her presidential address at the 2015 ASHE Conference. She offers a top-ten list for how ASHE research must capitalizing on their strategic advantages to ensure the value of their work to higher education policy and practice into the future.

Read more here.

Advice for Policymakers and Institutional Leaders

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 7:00am

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has released 31 "Ed-Talk" videos that focus on important issues in K-12 and higher education such as education equity, the use of research in policy-making, student learning, and opportunities for disadvantage students. Accompanied by research fact sheets, these 6-minute talks headlined the AERA Knowledge Forum as part of the association’s Centennial year programming.

Penn AHEAD Executive Director Dr. Laura Perna focused her talk on improving college access and success for students from historically underrepresented groups. The full video can be found here and the accompanying research fact sheet can be downloaded here.


Friday, September 18, 2015 - 12:00am
University of Kansas- Edwards Campus

Penn AHEAD Executive Director Dr. Laura Perna delivered a keynote address at the 2015 Kansas-Missouri Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion in Higher Education. Dr. Perna's speech focused on the importance of closing the gaps in college-related outcomes that persist across demographic groups. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 10:00am
National Press Club, Washington, DC

Dr. Margaret Cahalan, Director of The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education & Vice President for Research, Council for Opportunity in Education and Dr. Laura Perna, Executive Director of Penn AHEAD shared dialogue about findings from their new report: Indicators of Higher Education in Equity in the United States: 45-Year Report.