Higher Education

New PBS documentary tells the story of HBCUs

Many Americans only know Historically Black Colleges and Universities — if they know them at all — for their energetic marching bands, or as the setting for 90s sitcom A Different World.  

That is a problem, according to Marybeth Gasman, Director of Penn GSE’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Craig Steven Wilder visits Penn GSE to discuss why colleges are still reluctant to acknowledge their ties to slavery

In recent years, students and researchers at some of the country's most prestigious universities have begun looking at those institutions' ties to slavery.

Sigal Ben-Porath discusses her new book, Free Speech on Campus

Debates around race, sexual assault, LGBTQ rights, immigration policy, and an array of political issues have become flashpoints at many American colleges. In Free Speech on Campus, Penn GSE’s Sigal Ben-Porath asks how colleges have traditionally approached free expression, and if they have to change now that the student population is more diverse, the internet has changed communication, and everyone carries a camera in their pocket.

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Should colleges consider “study drugs” cheating?

How should colleges respond as more students are using so-called study drugs to power through midterms?




Alex Posecznick peers behind the curtain of college admissions

Every spring, headlines announce the admissions statistics for America’s elite universities, which admit a small percentage of their applicants, and a minuscule percentage of American college students. 


Higher Education Division’s Gasman named to Berkowitz Chair

Marybeth Gasman, a Penn GSE professor of higher education, has been named the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor in Education.

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Higher education leadership program produces 45th college president

Penn GSE’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program has produced yet another college president – Gregory Vincent (GSE ’04) will be assuming the presidency of Hobart & William Smith Colleges this summer.

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A curious board is university’s ally, writes higher education expert Peter Eckel

As university boards decide how to handle long-term challenges like broadening student access, fundraising, and reducing sexual assault, they would do well to stoke members’ curiosity, says Penn GSE Senior Fellow Peter Eckel.

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Inequity Persists In U.S. Higher Education Opportunity, Outcomes

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2017)  – Although college participation rates continue to rise among United States students of all races, ethnicities, and economic levels, a new report issued today details the country’s emerging two-tiered educational system that is increasingly likely to produce different life outcomes for rich and poor students. Students from the highest income families are nearly five times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24 than students from the poorest families, the report shows.

Gasman: No, Secretary DeVos, professors don’t tell students what to think

In an open letter in The Washington Post to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Marybeth Gasman disputed DeVos’s claim that college professors are telling students what to think.

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