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 [...]

Penny A. Pasque currently serves as an Associate Professor of Adult and Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma. She is also a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan with the Center for the Study [...]

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 [...]

  • Jul 25, 2013
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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 [...]

Jaqueline Duarte What was your most memorable moment at UM/the Forum? The beginning of the year orientation and the end of the year “picnic.” Coming into the Forum feeling totally like the newbie and now really feeling like I am really apart of the team and valued as such just feels amazing! What was your greatest achievement [...]

The Comprehensive Integrated Theory of Change Model is a general conceptual framework developed by the National Forum. This model has been developed as a sophisticated national organizing strategy that reflects the complexity of interrelated political and organizational factors, and the radically different environments in which issues affecting undocumented students are considered.  The resulting strategy calls [...]

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas represents a milestone in the history of higher education’s role in advancing social progress in this country. In recent decades, institutions have shaped and pursued admissions practices and policies that enabled them to build a diverse student body. The educational and developmental benefits [...]

Kevin Mersol-Barg is a recent alumnus of the University of Michigan. He graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in Political Science. Prior to graduating, he founded and helped lead the Coalition for Tuition Equality, a collection of over 35 student organizations that lobbies the University of Michigan to increase [...]