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 [...]

Whenever I return home to my Holy Cross community at Notre Dame, someone inevitably asks that most fateful of questions, “So, when are you going to finish this degree?!” Actually, many of my brothers ask that question, sometimes even those whom I have chastised in the past for committing this egregious sin of putting a [...]

Hannah Poulson hails from the small town of DeWitt, MI, just north of Lansing. Living so close to the capitol instilled an appreciation for the importance of government policy in Hannah at a very young age. Now at the University of Michigan, Hannah is a junior at the Ford School of Public Policy with a [...]

By Jon McNaughtan Earlier this month, the National Forum hosted a two-day event in conjunction with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE).  Focusing on the importance of integrating immigrant students into American community colleges, multiple discussion sessions addressed critical areas of concern for many of the nation’s community colleges: developing supportive networks for [...]

By Jon McNaughtan Earlier this month, the National Forum hosted a two-day event in conjunction with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE).  Focusing on the importance of integrating immigrant students into American community colleges, multiple discussion sessions addressed critical areas of concern for many of the nation’s community colleges: developing supportive networks for [...]

By Marisol Ramos Several members of the immigration research team at the National Forum attended the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Conference in San Antonio, TX on March 28-30th, 2013.  This year’s AAHHE was special, as the National Forum had the opportunity to unveil for the first time: the uLEAD Network.  While [...]

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 Dan Parrish, C.S.C. To anyone who follows the National Forum online it is no secret that we have been substantially engaged in studying undocumented student access since 2007.  I recently had the privilege of presenting some of our findings at the annual conference of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) in Washington, [...]

By Dan Parrish, C.S.C. Undocumented student access to higher education is a particularly hot topic in late 2012.  It is an issue that is not necessarily bound by partisanship, with post-election calls for comprehensive immigration reform coming from both the right and left.  Each year roughly 65,000 undocumented children graduate from secondary schools in the [...]

In 2007, the National Forum, in partnership with a number of key stakeholders across the country, launched a national effort to focus attention on educational opportunities for immigrant and undocumented students. Employing the University of Michigan’s visibility in the area of educational diversity and its location in the Midwest, the initiative could situate immigration as a national [...]