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 […]

Last weekend, I attended the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago. As a first time AERA participant, I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed—as I expected—by the number of people who descended on the River North area of town to share and learn from the latest educational research. It […]

As a part of the community engagement team I have had the fortunate opportunity to work closely with Marygrove College in helping them achieve their integrative urban leadership vision.  Marygrove’s goal is to develop urban leaders through the explicit integration of urban leadership principles in, among other things, their course curriculum.  Though I have only […]

Over the last few weeks, I have had the privilege of participating in a series of events that each highlighted, in their own way, the necessity of foregrounding a public good mission in American higher education. On November 5-6, the Rackham Graduate School here at the University of Michigan hosted a compelling Summit on Diversity […]

As we launch a new academic school year, I realize we are already half way through 2013. At my age, time seems to be flying. I worry we aren’t working fast enough or smart enough at the National Forum to address our goals. One way I try to assess how we are doing is looking […]

Detroit and its allies continue to strive for methods to remedy or at the very least mitigate the struggles that the city continues to face. In light of the city’s recent file for bankruptcy and its not-so-recent postindustrial hardships, community members turn to Higher Education as one of the ingredients for a better future for […]

Washington Monthly magazine recently released its annual college rankings.  Now in its eighth year, what makes this ranking system unique from all others, is that the magazine rates colleges and universities on a very different scale than most other publications: they rate colleges and universities by their contribution to the public good. How do they […]

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May 16-17, 2011 Higher Education Access Lumina Foundation Indianapolis, IN The National Forum has launched  a series of focused conversations, which have been organized by local institutions paired with influential national partners. We have promoted this series of meetings by providing modest seed money and organizational support. We have focused on three important determinants for […]

This project, “Leadership for Higher Education’s Role in Promoting Diversity and Social Transformation — Extending Pathways of Inclusion in the United States,” is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Office of the Vice Provost at the University of Michigan. Our objective for the project is to reinvigorate commitment within higher education […]

by Lara Kovacheff Badke, PhD candidate The University of Michigan’s Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies (ICOS) recently offered its inaugural “Big Data Research Camp”, in which I had the opportunity to participate.  Before this intensive weeklong experience, I happily completed five years of doctoral studies without ever having to give much thought to the research terms […]