I have come to realize that the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good is literally a forum. In the short time I have been here, it has become a physical place where I go to engage in rich conversations with professors, staff and my peers around the higher education issues that concern [...]

  • 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 [...]

By Dr. Betty Overton, Ph.D.   A response to “Has Higher Education Lost Control Over Quality?” by Ellen Hazelkorn Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23, 2013 In our society and indeed in the world, higher education is still one of the primary doors through which citizens move to achieve personal intellectual growth, to prepare for a [...]

Deonte Howell While working at the National Forum, I have had the opportunity to engage in the Brightmoor project, which works to create resources and dialogue within the Brightmoor community in Detroit.  My specific assignment was to assist with the completion of the Brightmoor Community Asset Map.  The idea behind the Community Asset Map is [...]

By Margaret Brower I have only worked at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good for two semesters now, and yet I have learned so much.  Last week’s webinar, “Broadening Access for Undocumented Students: Federal Policy Implications for Higher Education Professionals,” has become one of many benchmarks undergirding my personal growth, our [...]

By Kyle Southern Two weeks ago, my colleague from the National Forum, Kim Reyes, and Dr. Cassie Barnhardt—a graduate of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education here at Michigan, former National Forum team member, and current assistant professor at the University of Iowa—joined me at the annual conference of NASPA – [...]

By Gina Gallagher  Last fall, in EDUC 769, my classmates and I were able to experience a unique and powerful lesson in philanthropy. Thanks to the gift of a generous donor, we were able to give $100,000 worth of grants to two very worthy non-profits. We were so enthused by the project that a few [...]

In partnership with the National Issues Forums (NIF) and the Kettering Foundation, the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan is hosting a training session based on the national deliberative dialogue model supported by the Kettering Foundation, entitled “Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education help Us Create [...]

By Esmeralda Hernandez The Community Engagement Team here at the National Forum is partnering with Focus HOPE on a project to promote dialogues around the topic of higher education in the HOPE Village community.  The project, funded by the Graham Institute, will involve a method called Community-Based Participatory Action Research (PAR).  PAR involves identifying those who [...]

By Lara Kovacheff Badke, PhD What’s your image of Detroit?  Is it of the city’s revitalization?  Does the word ‘Detroit’ conjure up impressions of urban energy, young creative talent, a vibrant riverfront, and trendy neighborhoods?  If it doesn’t, your image of Detroit might be outdated.  Or it might be based on negative and inaccurate portrayals [...]