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The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) is dedicated to promoting the public purposes of higher education in fostering open, equitable, and democratic societies. Located within the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, AHEAD applies a multidisciplinary, research-based approach to addressing the most pressing issues regarding the societal contributions of higher education in the United States and world. AHEAD applies what is known from our research and others to improve institutional practice and public policy through technical assistance and professional development activities. In this way we see the core work of AHEAD as linking theory and practice. READ MORE

MOVING AHEAD

PennAHEAD Senior Scholar Peter Eckel joins Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik and the moderator Casey Green to discuss the decision of the state higher education board not to renew the contract of University of Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones and the growing political pressure on public university leaders. Click

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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.

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