Higher Education

Understanding the pandemic classroom

Penn professors join the “Understand This ...” podcast to talk about the fall 2021 return to the classroom, reflecting on what students and educators have experienced during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, while examining lessons from remote learning.

Brandon Baker

Karen Detlefsen named Penn vice provost for education

The professor of philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education, has been named vice provost for education at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1.

Leo Charney

In the News


In NCAA Division I, new data shows burnout is rampant among administrators

Karen Weaver of the Graduate School of Education writes that while many former athletes, business majors and even some sports fans aspire to work in college sports, it doesn’t take long to realize that it cannot be defined as a typical 40 hour a week job.


The Washington Post

Momentum builds behind a three-year degree to lower college costs

Robert Zemsky of the Graduate School of Education is quoted on the worries that speeding up curriculum to graduate from college in three years would “cheapen the degree.”


Chronicle of Higher Education

Higher ed’s evolutionary—not revolutionary—pandemic response

Drawing on pre-pandemic data, Robert Zemsky of the Graduate School of Education predicted that 20% of higher education institutions were in danger of shuttering.


The Washington Post

Texas community college group aims to help students beyond the classroom

Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education said applying for financial aid can be complicated for students. However, the Alamo Promise program, which provides students in Texas with free tuition and additional services, sends “a clear message with no fine print,” she said.


Inside Higher Ed

Perceptions of affordability

Joni Finney of the Graduate School of Education spoke about the impact of rising college costs on low-income families, saying, “For these families the high cost of college is not a perception but a reality that they must deal with.”



Harvard's complicated relationship with its Black students

Camille Z. Charles of the School of Arts & Sciences said Black immigrant students are overrepresented at selective U.S. universities relative to Black American students. She said that even though college applications “ask where your parents were born, they're not collecting and sort of storing the information that way because I think it's something that they don't necessarily want to talk about.”