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Facing Global Educational Issues: Penn GSE Researchers in Austria

October 8, 2012 - Marybeth Gasman and Laura Perna are in Austria this week for the Salzburg Global Seminar. While significant strides have been taken in increasing access for children and adults to quality education around the globe, substantial gaps in educational and social mobility still exist.  To address these, the Salzburg Global Seminar and the Educational Testing Service have convened a seminar to identify these gaps, the kinds of impact they have, why they persist and what can be done to eliminate them.

The seminar focuses on higher education and lifelong learning. It brings together more than 60 leading educational researchers, policymakers, practitioners and advocates from across the globe to analyze successful case studies that illustrate examples of effectively narrowing the educational and social mobility gaps.

Perna and Gasman, both from Penn GSE’s higher education division, have research areas that fit well with the theme of this year’s event, “Optimizing Talent –- Closing Education and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide:  Higher Education and Lifelong Learning.”

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