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Sexual violence is a common topic of discussion among higher education leaders. In this poll, we asked higher education leaders to share their perceptions about sexual violence on campus.  

Penn AHEAD Senior Scholar Peter Eckel and Cathy Trower, President of Trower & Trower, Inc., offer specific steps that boards should heed when considering issues of campus diversity and equity.

In last week’s presidential address, I offered 10 actions that members of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) can take to ensure that higher education research continues to matter. I am delighted that I achieved one of my primary goals: to stimulate conversation about how we – as higher education researchers – are addressing important issues that face higher education.

One of my recommendations, in particular, has provoked welcome discussion.

As the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) prepares for its 40th annual conference November 5-8, 2015, in Denver, Colorado, Penn AHEAD is proud to be celebrating several connections with the organization. ASHE is dedicated to advancing the production of high-quality research on higher education, and is the leading professional research organization for higher education professionals. 

In this poll, we asked higher education leaders to share their perceptions about college affordability and the possibility of making community colleges tuition-free.  

On Friday, September 18, 2015, Penn AHEAD's 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. For a summary of her speech, please click here.

Penn AHEAD, The Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, and Penn Admissions are co-hosting a one-hour film screening and discussion on Thursday September 24, 2015 from 12:0pm - 2:00pm at the University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall Room B1. First Generation is an award-winning documentary that captures the stories of four students who are first in their families to pursue a college education.

For more information, click here to view the event flier and click here to learn more.  

Penn AHEAD Senior Scholar Alan Ruby says that it's a pity the efforts of myriad institutions striving daily to help students of diverse backgrounds are eclipsed by Ivy League tales.

In this poll, we asked higher education leaders to share their perceptions on the cost and value of postsecondary education. We then asked these leaders to assess the perceptions of higher education’s value proposition among key stakeholders, responsiveness to stakeholders, and most common criticisms. 

 On April 30, 2015 Dr. Laura Perna, along with three other experts, testified before the United States of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on improving college access and completion for low-income and first-generation college students. Dr. Perna focused her testimony on best practices and gave recommendations to guide the Committee's consideration of college access and success programs.