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Advice for Policymakers and Institutional Leaders

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 7:00am

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has released 31 "Ed-Talk" videos that focus on important issues in K-12 and higher education such as education equity, the use of research in policy-making, student learning, and opportunities for disadvantage students. Accompanied by research fact sheets, these 6-minute talks headlined the AERA Knowledge Forum as part of the association’s Centennial year programming.

Penn AHEAD Executive Director Dr. Laura Perna focused her talk on improving college access and success for students from historically underrepresented groups. The full video can be found here and the accompanying research fact sheet can be downloaded here.


Friday, September 18, 2015 - 12:00am
University of Kansas- Edwards Campus

Penn AHEAD Executive Director Dr. 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. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 10:00am
National Press Club, Washington, DC

Dr. Margaret Cahalan, Director of The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education & Vice President for Research, Council for Opportunity in Education and Dr. Laura Perna, Executive Director of Penn AHEAD shared dialogue about findings from their new report: Indicators of Higher Education in Equity in the United States: 45-Year Report.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:00am
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Public Policy Initiative

Penn AHEAD Executive Director Dr. Laura Perna, Institute for Research on Higher Education Director Dr. Joni E. Finney, Dean of Penn Law Dr. Wendell Pritchet and Dr. Laura Wolf-Powers from Penn Design hold a roundtable on higher education finance. For a video recording of the lecture, please click here.