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In the News

Professor Laura Perna's expertise has been featured in scores of national media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, AP, and Forbes, as well as television and radio programs and trade publications such as Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She has also authored numerous opinion pieces for prominent publications.

See below for selected media citations and op-eds by Professor Perna.

Op-eds by Dr. Perna

Connecting Policymakers With Academic Research to Inform Public Policy

Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning

Why We Need Better Data on Faculty Diversity

Inside Higher Ed

To future academics: We need you to revive democracy

University World News

Enabling midcareer faculty of color to thrive

Inside Higher Ed

It’s time for free community college: Here are 5 reasons why

The 74 Million

It’s time to tell students how much college costs

The Hill

Free college programs can enable more students to go to college, but it all depends on how the program is designed

The Conversation

Federal Pell Grants help pay for college—but are they enough to help students finish?

The Conversation

Before you decide to work in college, ask yourself these questions

The Conversation

5 tips for reporting on ‘free college’ and ‘college promise’ programs

Journalist’s Resource

The pros and cons of ‘free college’ and ‘college promise’ programs: What the research says

Journalist’s Resource

Connecting research and state policy: Implications for academic researchers and intermediary organizations

Lumina Foundation, Lumina Issue Papers

Select National Media Mentions

Top education department official steps down amid crisis over college financial aid

USA Today

The college financial aid scramble

The Atlantic Daily

For some young people, a college degree is not worth the debt

New York Times

The 2024 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Education Week

How to Estimate Your True Cost for a Forbes Top College


Biden administration announces $39 billion in student loan forgiveness

Washington Post

What's the difference between a community college and a four-year school?

USA Today

Biden's free college plan never happened. Are debt-free degrees the answer to student loan crisis?

USA Today

Is It Fair to Award Scholarships Based on the SAT?

Wall Street Journal

15 key insights for NCAN members from the ‘Indicators of Higher Education Equity’ report

National College Access Network Blog

What to know about a college’s net price calculator

US News & World Report

Study: College completion gap between rich, poor widens

Associated Press (syndicated in over 700 outlets)

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