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 […]

At our first pre-screening of the film, The Graduates, the panelists talked about their experience with mentorship and how it has affected their lives. Listening to the conversation has led me to reflect on my life and experiences and the role that mentorship has played in all of it. As a Latina and first generation […]

Washington Monthly magazine recently released its annual college rankings.  Now in its eighth year, what makes this ranking system unique from all others, is that the magazine rates colleges and universities on a very different scale than most other publications: they rate colleges and universities by their contribution to the public good. How do they […]

By Dr. Betty Overton, Ph.D.   A response to “Has Higher Education Lost Control Over Quality?” by Ellen Hazelkorn Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23, 2013 In our society and indeed in the world, higher education is still one of the primary doors through which citizens move to achieve personal intellectual growth, to prepare for a […]

By Amy Puffenberger So often, our perceptions of reality and the world that surrounds us, our very culture, is formed and influenced by the messages we see in the media.  Some may argue that these messages are harmful, others helpful, some educational, but most often so many messages are, at the very least, impactful.  Media […]

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 Nabih Haddad Economic globalization has caused a fracturing of regulatory ascendency, furthering the tensions between public and private governance at the local, regional, and international levels. This result of globalization has produced an atmosphere where transnational actors can now operate beyond the scope of any one regulatory environment (Backer, 2010; Ruggie, 2007).  In response, […]

On Thursday evening, December 8, 2011, the National Forum joined the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan for the third in a three part series examining public education.  The focus of the third panel was public education for the higher good. The distinguished eight-member panel was moderated by Dr. John Burkhardt, director of the […]

On Thursday evening, November 17, 2011, the National Forum joined the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan for the second in a three part series examining public education.  Tonight’s focus was on higher education, and gave special consideration to the challenges and opportunities faced by institutions of public higher education in the state of […]

Panelists: Dilip Das, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Susan M. Dynarski, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Associate Professor of Education, School of Education Betty Overton-Adkins, Provost, Spring Arbor University John J.H. “Joe” Schwarz, Visiting Lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and former Michigan […]