Financial Trouble for Colleges Means Financial Trouble for College Towns Posted by: Akemi Leung Declining state aid, hobbled endowments, and rising debt are hurting the balance sheets of colleges across America. Unfortunately the economies of their surrounding towns, which rely on schools for jobs, customers, and more, are far from immune. The recession meant budget […]

Forum Director John Burkhardt was recently a guest of the Kettering Foundation for their 2012 Winter Retreat. The event was recently written up in Kettering’s newsletter, The Commons:

What made you decide to come to the University of Michigan? I first came to pursue a Ph.D. in Higher Education, as well as an M.A. in Organizational Psychology.  I returned in 2000, because this seemed like the best place to establish my vision for a research-driven advocacy organization focused on higher education in society. […]

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John C. Burkhardt is a professor of higher education and the Founding Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan.  From 1993-2000, John was program director for leadership and higher education at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he led several major initiatives focused on transformation 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 […]

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 […]