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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

Dr. Lois Weis, State University of New York Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Education at the University of Buffalo, spoke at PennAHEAD on April 27, 2015 on her 2014 book "Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools." The event was co-hosted by the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) and the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.

PennAHEAD Executive Director Dr. Laura Perna spoke at the University of Buffalo Graduate School of Education on March 30, 2015 as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. Perna's presentation focused on promoting college access and completion and the role of public policy and institutional practice.