Laura W. Perna

James S. Riepe Professor
Executive Director, Penn AHEAD
Chair, Higher Education Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-746-2522

Email: lperna@gse.upenn.edu

Perna, L.W., & Hillman, N. (Eds., 2017). Understanding student debt: Who borrows, the consequences of borrowing, and the implications for federal policy. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 671.

Cahalan, M., Perna, L.W., Yamashita, M., Ruiz, R., & Franklin, K. (2017, April). Indicators of higher education equity in the United States: An historic trend report. Washington, DC: The Pell Institute of the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

Perna, L.W., & Ruiz, R. (2016). Technology: The solution to higher education’s pressing problems? In P. Altbach, P. Gumport, & M. Bastedo (eds.), American Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 432-461.

Perna, L.W. (2016). Throwing down the gauntlet: Ten ways to ensure the future of our research. Review of Higher Education, 39, 319-338.

Orosz, K., & Perna, L.W. (2016). Higher education internationalization in the context of ongoing economic-political transitions: Insights from former Soviet and Eastern bloc nations. Hungarian Education Research Journal, 6, 3-21.

Cahalan, M., Perna, L.W., Yamashita, M., Ruiz, R., & Franklin, K. (2016, April). Indicators of higher education equity in the United States: An historic trend report. Washington, DC: The Pell Institute of the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

Perna, L.W. (2016, January). Connecting research and state policy: Implications for academic researchers and intermediary organizations. Indianapolis, IN: Lumina Foundation, Lumina Issue Papers.

Cahalan, M., & Perna, L.W. (2015, February). Indicators of higher education equity in the United States: 45-year trend report. Washington, DC: The Pell Institute of the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

Perna, L. W., Orosz, K., & Jumakulov, Z. (2015). Understanding the human capital benefits of a government-funded international scholarship program: An exploration of Kazakhstan’s Bolashak programInternational Journal of Educational Development, 40, 85–97.

Perna, L. W., Orosz, K., Jumakulov, Z., Kishtentayeva, M., & Ashirbekov, A. (2015). Understanding the programmatic and contextual forces that influence participation in a government-sponsored student mobility programHigher Education, 69, 173–188.

Perna, L. W., May, H., Yee, A., Ransom, T., Rodriguez, A., & Fester, R. (2015). Access to the international baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme: An exploration of opportunity to rigorous high school curriculaEducational Policy, 29(2), 402–425.  

Perna, L. W., Ruby, A., Boruch, R., Wang, N., Scull, J., Ahmad, S., & Evans, C. (2014). Moving through MOOCs: Understanding the progression of users in MOOCsEducational Researcher, 43,421–432. 

Perna, L. W., & Finney, J. (2014). The attainment agenda: State policy leadership in higher education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Perna, L. W., & McLendon, M. (2014). The role of state policy in promoting college access and success. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Perna, L. W., & Orosz, K., with Gopaul, B., Jumakulov, Z., Ashirbekov, A., & Kishkentayeva, M. (2014). Promoting human capital development: A typology of international scholarship programs in higher educationEducational Researcher, 43(2), 63–73.

Perna, L. W., & Jones, A. (2013). The state of college access and completion: Improving college success for students from underrepresented groups. New York, NY: Routledge.

Perna, L. W. (2012). Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs in Metropolitan America: The policy, practice, and research issues. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Perna, L. W., Harkavy, I., & Bowman, C. (2012). Understanding the role of research universities in improving college preparation and access at local urban high schools. Metropolitan Universities, 22(3), 63–82.

Perna, L. W., & Steele, P. (2011). The role of context in understanding the contributions of financial aid to college opportunity. Teachers College Record, 113, 895–933. 

Perna, L. W. (2010). Understanding the working college student: New research and its implications for policy and practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Perna, L. W. Toward a more complete understanding of the role of financial aid in promoting college enrollment: The importance of context. In J. C. Smart (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Perna, L. W., Lundy-Wagner, V., Drezner, N., Gasman, M., Yoon, S., Bose, E., & Gary, S. (2009). The contribution of HBCUs to the preparation of African American women for STEM careers: A case study. Research in Higher Education, 50, 1–23.

Perna, L. W., & Thomas, S. L. (2008). Theoretical perspectives on student success: Understanding the contributions of the disciplines. ASHE-Higher Education Reader Report. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Perna, L. W. (2008). Understanding high school students’ willingness to borrow to pay college prices. Research in Higher Education, 49, 589–606.

Perna, L. W., Rowan-Kenyon, H., Thomas, S. L., Bell, A., Anderson, R., & Li, C. (2008). The role of college counseling in shaping college opportunity: Variations across high schools. Review of Higher Education, 31(2), 131–160.

Perna, L. W., & Thomas, S. L. (2008). Barriers to college opportunity: The unintended consequences of state-mandated tests. Educational Policy, 23(3), 451–479. 

Perna, L. W., Rowan-Kenyon, H., Bell, A., Li, C., & Thomas, S. L. (2008). Typology of federal and state policies designed to promote college enrollment. Journal of Higher Education, 79(3), 243–267.