Expert comment: Back to School: Higher-Education Topics

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Diversity on Campus

Dr. Shaun Harper can discuss diversity on college campuses, college campuses' racial climates and the gender disparities between college men and women.  He can discuss why fewer men, especially those from racial and ethnic minorities, are enrolling in college and also the nine themes he's found in studying college campuses across the U.S., including segregation, cross-racial interaction and racist class environments.  

Dr. Shaun Harper is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Historically Black Colleges, Racial Bias in Standardized Tests

Dr. Marybeth Gasman is an expert in historically black colleges and universities; diversity and higher education; and African-American educational leadership, fundraising and philanthropy.  

Dr. Marybeth Gasman is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.   

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/gasman.html

Student Loans and Finances

Dr. Laura Perna is an expert in college affordability and choice, access to and equity in higher education and federal involvement in pre-college education.  She studies how individual characteristics, social structures and public policies enable or restrict women, racial/ethnic minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status to gain opportunities in higher education.  

Dr. Laura Perna is an associate professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.  

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/perna.html

The "Freshman 15": Just A Myth?

Dr. Stella Volpe is able to discuss healthy snacks, cafeteria portions, weight gain, healthy weight loss and if the "Freshman 15" is just a myth.  She can also discuss body image and exercise topics.  

Dr. Stella Volpe a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/faculty/profile.asp?pid=1152