Estefania Lopez is currently a Higher and Post-secondary Education Master’s student. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California-Irvine. Over the course of her undergraduate career she participated in on-campus and community organizations that focused on facilitating student engagement in academic advancement, community outreach and civic participation. Once [...]

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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 [...]

The National Forum’s Access to Democracy project brought together community leaders, local residents, and civic organizations across the state to discuss college access and educational attainment. This project outlines the knowledge gained in working in Brightmoor and other Michigan communities with the support of the Kettering Foundation. It describes the evolution of the work in [...]

The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good has partnered with the Carnegie Corporation of New York to investigate institutional practices and policy responses on the educational access of immigrant and undocumented students. Research, capacity building, and coalition strengthening will serve to inform policies and practices at institutional, state and federal levels regarding [...]

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our funders, and their generosity and support of our work. Below is a list of our previous funders. For more information on specific funded projects, please visit our Funded Projects page. To view our current funders, visit the Current Funding Partners page. Previous Funders American College Personnel Association American [...]

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:

Cassie Barnhardt holds her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.  While completing her dissertation, Contemporary Student Activism: The Educational Contexts of Socially-Responsible Civic Engagement, Cassie held a King Chavez Parks fellowship. Generally, Cassie’s perspectives on higher education have been shaped by a substantive career [...]

What made you decide to come to the University of Michigan? I was very excited about the possibility to work at a university that I admired greatly while growing up and to be able to contribute in some small way to the state that I love. What is something that you are looking forward to [...]

Panelists: Dilip Das, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Susan M. Dynarski, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Associate Professor of Education, School of Education Betty Overton-Adkins, Provost, Spring Arbor University John J.H. “Joe” Schwarz, Visiting Lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and former Michigan [...]