Laura W. Perna, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
May 18, 2021
, The Hill

It's time to tell students how much college costs

College costs are complicated, but that's not an excuse to hide important information, Laura Perna says.

Ariane Thomas, Penn GSE
In the Media
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April 21, 2021
, WHYY

Anger, anxiety, stress, relief: Therapists say it’s OK for Black people to feel it all

"It’s going to be a sort of an identifier for folks who lived through this, and we don’t really know what the mental health impacts are on us,” Ariane Thomas said.

Laura W. Perna, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
April 13, 2021
, Strada Education Network

How to improve value of higher ed? Increase career support.

Laura Perna pointed to equity gaps in labor market returns for people who hold the same type of college credential, noting that the risk of taking out a loan to attend college isn’t distributed equally in society.

Howard C. Stevenson, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
April 6, 2021
, Vox

Trial by trauma

"For so many Black families who experience this, the hardest part is about getting people to believe it happened and care." — Howard Stevenson

Laura W. Perna, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
April 5, 2021
, The Conversation

Free college programs can enable more student to go to college, but it all depends on how the program is designed

In the Conversation, Laura Perna, Jeremy Wright-Kim, and Elaine Leigh examine the design of free college programs and how the design influences their effectiveness.

Karen Weaver, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
March 28, 2021
, KYW (Philadelphia)

One of these NCAA Tournaments is not like the other

Karen Weaver spoke about gender inequity in the NCAA. “There’s a number of inequitable decisions that have been made in addition to the ones we talked about this year that just haven't drawn the same amount of attention,” she said.

Richard M. Ingersoll, Penn GSE
In the Media
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March 25, 2021
, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Study: Teaching force grew at more than double the enrollment rate

Richard Ingersoll spoke about how schools and school boards are working to meet demands from parents and lawmakers. “All these demands by parents are very understandable, such as lower class size,” said Ingersoll. “Who wouldn’t want their child to be in a class of 18? And, yes, let’s teach Mandarin and, yes, let’s bring back Latin. There are so many demands but very little recognition of the costs.”

Laura W. Perna, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
March 20, 2021
, University World News

To future academics: We need you to revive democracy

In University World News, Laura Perna and William Tierney write “Academic life, as we have lived it, and as we envision it for you, is about challenging norms and creating a society that foments democracy.”

Nelson Flores, Penn GSE
In the Media
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March 16, 2021
, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Race on campus: What does ‘Latinx’ mean?

Nelson Flores said that instead of debating whether or not an institution should use the word “Latinx,” people should try to understand why the word is used.

Pam Grossman, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
March 11, 2021
, Education Week

Want to improve learning outcomes? Give students more time

Pam Grossman proposes rethinking schooling to give students more time to learn. “Let’s use the pandemic to rethink how we expand and enrich learning time for children, especially those most impacted by COVID-19-related disruption.”

Jalil Mustaffa Bishop , Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
March 4, 2021
, Money

Would student debt cancellation shrink the racial wealth gap?

Jalil Mustaffa Bishop spoke about the impact of student debt on the racial wealth gap. “The thing that was clear to us when we were talking to Black borrowers across degree-levels and across income-levels was that student debt was consistently described as a burden,” he said.

Laura W. Perna, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
February 22, 2021
, The Delaware College Scholars Podcast

The Delaware College Scholars Podcast: Dr. Laura Perna

Laura Perna talks about her research, issues of college access, affordability and success for first-generation, under-resourced students and why she has dedicated her life to this specific research.

Jonathan Zimmerman, Penn GSE
In the Media
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February 19, 2021
, The Pennsylvania Gazette

The History Wars

Jonathan Zimmerman talks about his latest book and the state of education in the U.S. In addition to failing to teach people how to distinguish information from disinformation, the education system hasn’t taught them to engage across differences, Zimmerman says. “The only institution that has even a chance of intervening in that,” he says, “is a school.”

Richard M. Ingersoll, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
February 15, 2021
, Inside Higher Ed

Setting the Bar Higher

Richard Ingersoll said that admission standards for elementary teaching programs are already low, certainly compared to other professions such as medicine and law. The solution presented to address shortages in the national teacher workforce has been to “widen the gate and lower the bar,” but lowering academic standards “any further doesn’t make much sense,” Ingersoll said.

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
February 8, 2021
, The Washington Post Magazine

The Redemption of Mohammed Khalid

Ameena Ghaffar Kucher interviewed Pakistani American students in New York and observed that they transformed “the negative experience of being ostracized into a positive experience of solidarity and group membership with other Muslims, both in their immediate community and globally.”

Jalil Mustaffa Bishop , Penn GSE
In the Media
 | 
February 7, 2021
, Philadelphia Inquirer

"We need to fundamentally rethink and abandon student loans as a way to fund higher education as a public good.”

Jalil Mustaffa Bishop says cancelling student debt should be a priority for the Biden administration. 

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