Research Centers

Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD)

The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) is dedicated to fostering open, equitable, and democratic societies through higher education. Located within the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, AHEAD conducts original research and applies a multidisciplinary, research-based approach to address the most pressing issues regarding the societal contributions of higher education in the United States and the world. AHEAD also draws on research to improve institutional practice and public policy by offering technical assistance and professional development activities in the U.S. and around the globe.

Center for Collaboration, Computation, Complexity, and Creativity in the Learning Sciences

The Center for Collaboration, Computation, Complexity, and Creativity in the Learning Sciences (C4LS) investigates learning inside and outside of schools and online communities. C4LS researchers develop innovative models for STEM education, professional and curriculum development with teachers, and afterschool learning with Lilypad Arduino electronic textiles, programmable Scratch games and Starlogo simulations, and augmented reality devices in science centers.

Center for Minority-Serving Institutions

The Center on Minority Serving Institutions at Penn serves as a repository for research, data, best practices, emerging innovations and ideas on and within MSIs. With support from our sponsors, the Center on MSIs supports funders, researchers, policymakers, MSIs and scholars to promote the strengths and address challenges facing these institutions.

Center for Research and Evaluation in Social Policy

Center for Research and Evaluation in Social Policy examines the severity of social and educational problems and the effectiveness of ameliorative programs.

Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education

The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education unites scholars from Penn GSE and other academic disciplines across the University who do research on race, racism, campus climates, and topics pertaining to equity in education. Principally, the Center aims to publish cutting-edge implications for education policy and practice.

Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)

A joint effort of the graduate schools of education at Penn, Columbia-Teachers College, Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, Northwestern, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Focuses on school reform, governance, policy, and finance.

Institute for Research on Higher Education

Founded in the mid-1980s, the Institute for Research on Higher Education (IRHE) is a university-wide research institute that conducts research relevant to policymakers and educational practitioners.

National Center on Adult Literacy / International Literacy Institute

National Center on Adult Literacy / International Literacy Institute is devoted to applied R&D and policy on issues of literacy across the life span, on regional, national and international basis.

Penn Child Research Center

The Penn Child Research Center promotes the educational and psychological well being of children through the application of informed social and scientific policy.

Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-based Research in Education

This Pre-Doctoral Training Fellowship supports and enhances the Ph.D. training of students from different disciplines who are committed to careers in applied, field-based education research. This Fellowship is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the Department of Education. IES Pre-Doctoral Fellows receive financial support, access to specialized resources and experts in multiple fields of study and become part of an emerging national network of students, faculty and practitioners conducting interdisciplinary research in the education sciences.

The 21st Century Center for Cognition and Science Instruction

A consortium of Penn GSE, Penn's Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, Temple's Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center, the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center, Research for Better Schools, and The 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education. Focuses on cognitive science in developing middle school science curricula.