Access, choice, and equity in higher education;
college finance and affordability; federal and state involvement in pre-college and college education
Laura Perna has testified before Congress on college access and success, especially for low-income, first-generation, and non-traditional students. She has served as President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Chair of Penn’s Faculty Senate, and is the co-founder of Penn GSE’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD). Current projects focus on free tuition/promise programs and the institutional characteristics that predict bachelor’s degree completion for Pell Grant recipients.
Jonathan Zimmerman reviews three books on the desegregation of schools after the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and unpacks the ruling's ongoing legal and historical questions.