Higher Education

Higher Education Leadership: Beyond “Sanctuary”

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Finney: Unaffordable colleges hurting Pennsylvania’s economy

Appearing on WITF, Finney discussed the state’s poor ranking in her College Affordability Diagnosis.

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Pennsylvania’s economy will suffer if the state doesn’t change its approach to college affordability, Penn GSE’s Joni Finney told WITF’s Smart Talk.

U.S. Under Secretary of Education visits Penn GSE

Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of Education in the Obama administration, said he would answer anything.

It was mid-December, and Mitchell stopped by Penn GSE during a trip through Philadelphia. For more than an hour, he candidly answered questions from about 20 doctoral and master’s students on how higher education policy gets made, the challenges facing colleges, and making progress amidst partisan divide.

Safety Net of Community College Is Fraying, According to New Report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education

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Kat Stein, Penn GSE Executive Director of Communications

katstein@upenn.edu / 215-898-9642

PHILADELPHIA – A generation of strivers is being priced out of the most affordable rung of the higher education ladder, suggests a new report from the Institute for Research on Higher Education (IRHE) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. The report examines the fraying of the community college safety net, and calls for states to address these challenges more directly.

University boards can play a role in institutional diversity

Senior Fellow Peter Eckel, a member of the Higher Education division at Penn GSE, was a recent guest on Wharton’s Sirius radio station to discussing the role boards of trustees can play in universities.

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Penn GSE Experts on the Future of Higher Education Under a Trump Administration

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Media Inquiries:   Jeff Frantz       (215) 898-3269/frantzj@upenn.edu

*Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus ISDN line and ready access to a satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability.


[[image|left|faculty=4990|caption=Dr. Joni Finney]]The election results show that millions of Americans feel excluded from economic progress. Perhaps that shouldn't be surprising at a time when most jobs that pay family-sustaining wages require at least some higher education, which is unaffordable for many families earning less than $75,000 a year.

A year after student protests at Missouri, Jonathan Zimmerman is still looking at the politics on American campuses

As he watched student protests unfold at the University of Missouri, Yale, and other campuses last fall, Penn GSE education historian Jonathan Zimmerman wondered: What makes this time different?

PennAHEAD Launches College Promise Database

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Jeff Frantz, Penn GSE Associate Director of Communications

215-898-3269 | frantzj@upenn.edu 

At a time when questions about college affordability are at the center of American policy debates, the number of College Promise programs is expanding dramatically. These programs which ‘promise’ a financial or other type of award to eligible students who attend specified schools and/or reside in particular communities to enter and complete higher education, have nearly tripled in the last year, to 150 in 37 states.

Gasman: Elite research institutions don’t have diverse faculties because ‘we don't want them’

UPDATED:  Marybeth Gasman writes about the reactions she received from people who read her essay from The Washington Post regarding why universities don't hire faculty of color. 

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Advice for presidents, success at MSIs, at New York Times forum

To produce a special section on education innovation entitled “Student, or Customer?” The New York Times brought together the most influential leaders in higher education—presidents, provosts, chancellors and other leaders of colleges and universities—to address the most urgent issues on today’s campuses. Penn GSE had an outsized presence via its renowned higher education faculty, an alum who is now the president of Paul Quinn College, and even one current student.

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