The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) is dedicated to advancing higher education policy and practice that fosters open, equitable, and democratic societies.

Drawing on the intellectual resources of the University of Pennsylvania and a global alliance of higher education and academic leaders AHEAD achieves its mission by:

  • Creating Knowledge
  • Improving Practice
  • Building Capacity

Through our engagement with policy-makers, institutional leaders, scholars and practitioners, AHEAD produces research and applies research-based knowledge to address the most pressing issues pertaining to the public purposes of higher education in the U.S. and around the globe.


Browse the Penn AHEAD Collections:

All Penn AHEAD Papers

Access and Completion in Higher Education

International Education

Governance and Trusteeship in Higher Education

Higher Education Reform, Leadership and Strategy