Hannah Poulson hails from the small town of DeWitt, MI, just north of Lansing. Living so close to the capitol instilled an appreciation for the importance of government policy in Hannah at a very young age. Now at the University of Michigan, Hannah is a junior at the Ford School of Public Policy with a [...]

  • Aug 5, 2013
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The roots of our connection to Brightmoor began with our initial reflections regarding the importance of college access in communities across the state of Michigan.  When we decided to research the benefits of having a college degree at multiple levels of analysis, we began by examining the decision-making process that Michigan students and families go [...]

Kevin Mersol-Barg is a recent alumnus of the University of Michigan. He graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in Political Science. Prior to graduating, he founded and helped lead the Coalition for Tuition Equality, a collection of over 35 student organizations that lobbies the University of Michigan to increase [...]

By Nabih Haddad The following blog post is an adaptation of a forthcoming article titled “ORDER, DISCIPLINE AND EXIGENCY: The Convergence of U.S. and Cuban Education Policy in the Service of Labor Market,” by Larry Catá Backer and Nabih Haddad, due out in 2013. Part 1 Post-secondary education has been shifting from a teaching based [...]

By Dan Parrish, C.S.C. To anyone who follows the National Forum online it is no secret that we have been substantially engaged in studying undocumented student access since 2007.  I recently had the privilege of presenting some of our findings at the annual conference of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) in Washington, [...]

By Kyle Southern Nearly all Americans believe in the importance of higher education to enable social and economic mobility, but they carry deep concerns about its affordability and the ability of people with jobs and families, but no postsecondary credential, to complete their degrees.  These findings are included in the recently released report by the [...]

By John Burkhardt Last week I was in Fort Worth, Texas visiting with an individual who has directed some of his wealth to support colleges and university students in their efforts to learn about the role of philanthropy in U.S. society.  His foundation has provided $100,000 to allow UM students in our ED 769 class [...]

The Ford Motor Company Fund, which guides the philanthropic activities of the Ford Motor Company, has engaged the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good for advice on designing and measuring their global initiatives. The project includes researching opportunities for philanthropic investment on three social problems – education, sustainability, and driver safety – [...]

By Cassie Barnhardt, Ph.D. Over the past year I have been partnering with the National Forum on a Ford Foundation funded research project evaluating the contexts where college access and opportunity for undocumented immigrants emerged as a matter of public discourse and debate, and subsequently required some resolve on the part of campus administrators.  Our [...]

What were you doing before you came to the University of Michigan? I was an internship coordinator in Washington, D.C.  I came to U of M because of the National Forum and the philanthropy advancement program. When you think about higher education’s role in society, what intrigues you? I am intrigued by the doors higher [...]