Penn GSE AHEAD

MOVING AHEAD

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. 

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Our Mission

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