“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 [...]

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 [...]

I have come to realize that the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good is literally a forum. In the short time I have been here, it has become a physical place where I go to engage in rich conversations with professors, staff and my peers around the higher education issues that concern [...]

Prior to my arrival at the University of Michigan and the National Forum I worked as the program director for the College Preparation and Leadership program (CPLP) at Mott Haven Village Prep High School in the Bronx.  The program provides all college and career prep related services for the students in the high school, from [...]

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 [...]

Ally Goltz What was your most memorable moment at UM/the Forum? I think my most memorable experience at the University of Michigan was being a member of the Michigan Dance Team.  I got to experience so many great games in the Big House and it is something I will never forget. What was your greatest [...]

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 Lara Kovacheff Badke, Doctoral Candidate – Higher Education Higher education plays a major role in shaping our society’s leaders.  College students spend a considerable amount of time engaging in both explicit (classroom experiences; service-learning) and implicit (team projects; holding down a job while juggling school responsibilities) forms of leadership development during their college experience.  [...]

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, [...]