“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 [...]

The National Forum is proud to announce the advancement of John Feldkamp in his career as Associate Director of the Honors College at Eastern Michigan University. With his drive and devotion to higher education, he achieved a rapid ascension from his position as Assistant Director on the technical staff to the administrative position he holds today. Having graduated from [...]

 Gina Gallagher What was your most memorable moment at the University of Michigan or the National Forum? The most memorable experience I had was working on the Once Upon a Time grant process. This project was undertaken through UM and CSHPE by way of Dr. Burkhardt’s philanthropy class. Everything from class discussions and picking nonprofits [...]

By Kelly Finzer On Wednesday, April 10th, Gina Gallagher, Dr. Burkhardt, and I joined with some outstanding high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Baldwin High School for dinner at Ann Arbor favorite, Pizza House.  These students were on a tour of nine colleges in Southeastern Michigan, gathering information and ideas about the different types [...]

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 [...]

By Betty Overton-Adkins, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Higher Education About three months ago I arrived at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good to assume a leadership role in partnership with John Burkhardt and a talented team of student-scholars and leaders.  While I have been connected to the Forum in many ways [...]

By Kyle Hines  Shortly after I began working at the National Forum in July 2010, our office received a phone call from the Once Upon a Time Foundation expressing interest in providing funds to the students of Dr. Burkhardt’s, “Philanthropy in Higher Education” graduate course.  The Once Upon a Time Foundation’s intent is to help [...]

By Nabih Haddad Economic globalization has caused a fracturing of regulatory ascendency, furthering the tensions between public and private governance at the local, regional, and international levels. This result of globalization has produced an atmosphere where transnational actors can now operate beyond the scope of any one regulatory environment (Backer, 2010; Ruggie, 2007).  In response, [...]

Each year, the National Forum is invited to present our research at a variety of conferences and venues. The following is a select list of our presentations over the last two years:  2013 de Bowe, C., Kamimura, A., Ramos, M., & Wardlow, M. (2013, May) Recruiting and Retaining Undocumented Students in the Midwest, College Board [...]