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 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.