Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy

The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) is a research center located in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. According to its website, AHEAD “is dedicated to advancing higher education policy and practice that fosters open, equitable, and democratic societies”; to achieve its mission, it draws “on the intellectual resources of the University of Pennsylvania and a global alliance of higher education and academic leaders.”

Creation and Mission

Officially launched in January 2014, AHEAD, as noted on its website, strives to generate research and apply “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.” AHEAD faculty and staff actively engage with policy makers, institutional ...

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