By: Jeremiah Thompson I recently had the opportunity to listen to a panel of experts discuss potential ideas to aide low-income students attending (or aspiring to attend) higher education institutions.  Susan Dynarski, a professor with the Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Education, proposed simplifying the FAFSA. She cited studies showing that [...]

On November 25th 2011, an 18-year-old high school student from Mission, Texas, Joaquin Luna Jr., took his own life. Joaquin was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents when he was a 6-month old infant. He had dreamed of becoming the first in his family to attend college, but after realizing that [...]

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 and policy in Hannah at a very young age.  As a recent graduate of the Ford School of Public Policy, she focused her studies on issues related [...]

Daniel Alejandro Morales is a senior at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy studying International Migration and Human Rights Policy. He is a founding member of the Coalition for Tuition Equality (CTE), an advocacy organization committed to the advancement of undocumented students in higher education.

Jeremiah Thompson is a dual-degree graduate student at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and the Ford School of Public Policy. Jeremiah is originally from Tallahassee, FL and has an undergraduate degree in History from Michigan State University. He has previously worked on postsecondary access for the Seneca Nation of Indians [...]

Kamaria Porter is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.  After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in History, Kamaria  worked as a community organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago.  Focusing on increasing affordable housing and [...]

“At the core of our work is a desire to make a difference in our society through impacting the way higher education responds to its role to serve the public good.” – Betty Overton, Director for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good  The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good [...]

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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 [...]

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, [...]