Laura W. Perna


Higher Education Division

Access, choice, and equity in higher education; college finance and affordability; federal and state involvement in pre-college and college education

Laura Perna is a national expert on access, completion, and equity in higher education; higher education finance and affordability; public policy and higher education. She has testified before Congress on college access and success, especially for low-income, first-generation, and non-traditional students. Perna has also examined the effectiveness of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). She is the co-founder of Penn GSE’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD). Learn more about Laura W. Perna