• Aug 5, 2013
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The roots of our connection to Brightmoor began with our initial reflections regarding the importance of college access in communities across the state of Michigan.  When we decided to research the benefits of having a college degree at multiple levels of analysis, we began by examining the decision-making process that Michigan students and families go [...]

This project, “Leadership for Higher Education’s Role in Promoting Diversity and Social Transformation — Extending Pathways of Inclusion in the United States,” is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Office of the Vice Provost at the University of Michigan. Our objective for the project is to reinvigorate commitment within higher education [...]

By Kyle Southern Nearly all Americans believe in the importance of higher education to enable social and economic mobility, but they carry deep concerns about its affordability and the ability of people with jobs and families, but no postsecondary credential, to complete their degrees.  These findings are included in the recently released report by the [...]

By Kelly Finzer With new years come new classes, new assignments, and – most importantly – new opportunities.  The year 2012 ended on a high note at the National Forum, including bringing home a few new grants to continue our Access and Community Engagement work.  While our teams are excited to focus on the work [...]

In partnership with the Kettering Foundation, the National Forum is exploring the relationship between universities and their surrounding communities as a collaboration in increasing educational access and attainment.  This project is an extension of the National Forum’s continuing work with the HOPE Village Initiative (HVI).  In our work with Focus: HOPE, as we seek to [...]

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our funders, and their generosity and support of our work. Below is a list of our previous funders. For more information on specific funded projects, please visit our Funded Projects page. To view our current funders, visit the Current Funding Partners page. Previous Funders American College Personnel Association American [...]

The National Forum has released a comprehensive report funded by the Texas Guarantee Loan Corporation (TG) examining institutional behavior related to state and federal policies regarding undocumented students. “We created a survey examining institutional behaviors regarding undocumented students.  Our partners at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and the National Association [...]

The National Forum will partner with the Carnegie Foundation to perform a strategic communications and network analysis with KFLA (Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance). Amy Puffenberger, Project Manager at the National Forum, reports that KFLA uses algorithm-based social networking to map communications trends.  According to Amy, KFLA will contact the members of the National Forum’s network [...]

Cassie Barnhardt holds her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.  While completing her dissertation, Contemporary Student Activism: The Educational Contexts of Socially-Responsible Civic Engagement, Cassie held a King Chavez Parks fellowship. Generally, Cassie’s perspectives on higher education have been shaped by a substantive career [...]

By Kelly Field Boston   Public colleges are more likely than private colleges to admit undocumented students as a matter of policy, but they are less likely to offer such students financial aid, according to a new survey. The survey by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, at the University of [...]