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 [...]

On November 25th 2011, an 18-year-old high school student from Mission, Texas, Joaquin Luna Jr., took his own life. Joaquin was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents when he was a 6-month old infant. He had dreamed of becoming the first in his family to attend college, but after realizing that [...]

The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good has hosted four webinars through the uLEAD Network, each addressing a different aspect of postsecondary access and support for immigrant and undocumented students. These webinars are an important part of our outreach, education, and advocacy efforts: they allow a national audience to learn from our [...]

Months of planning came together this past Tuesday with the National Forum’s webinar on the subject of Holistic Support for Undocumented Students in a Rapidly Changing Policy Environment. The webinar was a collaboration between the National Forum and several cosponsor organizations: the National Center for Institutional Diversity, the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE), [...]

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 and policy in Hannah at a very young age.  As a recent graduate of the Ford School of Public Policy, she focused her studies on issues related [...]

Daniel Alejandro Morales is a senior at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy studying International Migration and Human Rights Policy. He is a founding member of the Coalition for Tuition Equality (CTE), an advocacy organization committed to the advancement of undocumented students in higher education.

Jeremiah Thompson is a dual-degree graduate student at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and the Ford School of Public Policy. Jeremiah is originally from Tallahassee, FL and has an undergraduate degree in History from Michigan State University. He has previously worked on postsecondary access for the Seneca Nation of Indians [...]

Tim Carroll is a master’s student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, where his interests include higher education policy, access and equity, and the nonprofit sector. Originally from Kirksville, Missouri, he has a B.A. in American Studies from Carleton College. After leaving Carleton, he taught English at a secondary school [...]

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 [...]