A unique but exemplary academic year: 2020-21 in review
A challenging yet successful year—Penn’s exceptional community of dedicated students, faculty, and staff overcame the world’s most significant obstacles to flourish, from outreach locally through volunteerism, to helping the world globally with mRNA technology. The 2021 academic year highlighted the best of Penn.
Systemic barriers to college for low-income and nontraditional students
The release of a higher education report reveals that nontraditional students have many risk factors and financial barriers to navigate to successfully complete their educational goals.
Game-changing gift announced at inaugural Penn Africa Research Symposium
The $5 million gift creates the Holman Africa Initiative, expanding financial aid and enhancing opportunities for faculty and students to engage in research and teaching in and on Africa.
Building an illustrated children’s book collection with the community
The “Mirrors Collection,” curated by Penn students, is a list of illustrated children’s books chosen and reviewed especially for Philadelphia School District libraries and their diverse student populations.
Increasing access for students on ‘Faculty Fridays’
For the past few years, PennCAP has hosted “Faculty Fridays” as a means to better connect first generation, lower-income students with the University’s professors. These efforts have continued virtually during COVID-19.
COVID communications and first generation students
Marcus Wright, undergraduate program manager and academic coordinator in the Department of Sociology and doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education, analyzes academic messaging to expose blind spots.
‘Research at Penn’ showcases University breakthroughs and innovations
Produced by the Provost’s Office, the brochure highlights groundbreaking research from each of Penn’s 12 schools. This year it is online-only.
Penn Trustees approve 2021-22 undergraduate charges and financial aid budget
The University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees approved a 2.8% increase in tuition for the coming year, while also approving a $259 million undergraduate financial aid budget.
Penn Med students create unexpected community outreach
The Perelman School of Medicine’s Medical School Government used its annual funding that usually goes to events in non-pandemic times to help the West Philadelphia community.
$5M gift to fund endowed professorship, support establishment of Center for Integrative Global Oral Health
The gift from Penn Dental Medicine alumnus Garry Rayant and his wife, Kathy Fields, will create a new endowed professorship at the School and provide foundational support to establish the Center for Integrative Global Oral Health.