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MOVING AHEAD

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. 

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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