April 13, 2018

Penn GSE announces the Extraordinary Impact Campaign

Dean Pam Grossman has announced that Penn GSE will be launching a new $75 million fundraising initiative, Extraordinary Impact: The Campaign for Penn GSE, as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Power of Penn Campaign.

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Extraordinary Impact aims to harness the entrepreneurial ethos of our School to strengthen our leadership role in shaping the future through education and developing future generations of bold thought-leaders,” according to Dean Grossman.

The campaign will enable Penn GSE to continue to hone and develop its core strengths and priorities: providing access to the most qualified students regardless of financial ability, preparing the next generation of education leaders in urban and underserved communities, recruiting and retaining the finest scholars, advancing innovation in education, and building twenty-first-century learning spaces to best meet the needs of Penn GSE students. The campaign will also support school-wide initiatives, including increasing Penn GSE’s unrestricted Annual Fund to provide flexibility in funding the dean’s most critical priorities.

In a letter she shared today with the Penn GSE community, Grossman laid out the campaign’s priorities:

Building innovative and state-of-the-art learning spaces and technologies

Innovative practices across K–12 and higher education emphasize active and hands-on forms of learning, a shift that requires state-of-the-art facilities. Penn GSE is embarking upon a building expansion to keep the School at the forefront of a new era in teaching and learning, consolidate its degree programs in one location, and create a multifaceted home for education on campus.
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Improving student learning in a changing world

Penn GSE is producing the transformational leaders the world needs at every level of education. Our more than 16,000 alumni have a global impact as leaders and innovators. They are teachers, counselors, entrepreneurs, chief learning officers, K-12 and higher education administrators, college presidents, and more. Penn GSE’s longtime commitment to innovation has produced an array of pioneering programs and research.
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Enhancing democracy by preparing leaders and citizens

Penn GSE directs the national conversation about education, supporting a broad range of research centers to provide cutting-edge policy guidance. Our work explores public and private accountability in education, addressing best practices in STEM education, effective approaches to standards reforms, the cost of higher education, and more.
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Advancing and promoting best educational practices locally, nationally and globally

On an international scale, education holds the potential to reduce poverty and disease, foster peace and gender equality, and create sustainable economic development. Penn GSE is leading the way to address the particular obstacles that stand between education and underserved, refugee, or immigrant children.
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Creating economic opportunity and hope through education

At Penn GSE, we are working to make the life-changing power of education more available in the places where it is needed most in our nation and world. And we seek to recruit the finest scholars and educators, regardless of their ability to afford a Penn GSE education.
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Grossman states, “As we embark on this campaign, we look to our faculty, students, partners, friends, and alumni to fuel our vision, secure our future, and advance our role in the world. Together, we can continue have an extraordinary impact, improving lives locally, nationally, and globally through the power of education.”