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 […]

For the last year, Raquel Welch-Johnson has been the National Forum’s Americorps member working in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit.  Raquel has been working on numerous projects to build a college-going culture.  As Raquel completes her Americorps service, she says that leaving is bitter-sweet.  “It’s hard to believe that the year is already over.” At Youthquake, a neighborhood block-party […]  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:

Where were you before coming to work at the National Forum? I worked for Support Through Intervention and Prevention for the Pontiac School District. Where are you from originally? I was born in Great Lakes, Illinois.  My family originated in Alexandria, Louisiana.  I spent half of my life in the south and in Michigan. In […]

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 […]

This summer, I had the privilege of teaching a group of teenage girls in Humjibre, Ghana for three weeks. The organization I volunteered through is the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI). Their aim is to enable community members to improve their children’s health and education. By having these focuses, GHEI seeks to improve the […]

Sean Eagle,  the Forum’s Summer 2013 UROP student, presented his project poster recently on his work with uLEAD.  Over the course of the summer, Sean has researched the many problems that undocumented students face in Higher Education and it was this on which he presented on.  What was your most memorable moment at the University […]