More than 150 years have passed since education advocate Horace Mann wrote, “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance wheel of the social… Read moreAddressing inequity in higher education
Next year, the Pell Grant, a need-based federal financial aid program, celebrates 50 years of putting higher education within reach for millions of low-income students. While these grants continue to be vital for student access, they… Read moreHigher education: A private benefit or public good?
Last week, the first groups of students began returning to our campus, and in the weeks ahead, we will see thousands more coming for IMPACT, Leadership Safari and Residence Life move-in. Before we know it, classes… Read moreNew health and safety plans for fall
Earlier this month, Michigan Future Inc. released a report entitled, “The Relationship Between Education and Income: Separating Fact from Myth to Inform State Strategy.” The report examines the relationship between educational attainment and annual income in… Read moreCreating a successful, sustainable future for our students and our state
Last month, I shared several thoughts on the future of regional public universities like Central Michigan University. Specifically, I reflected on the doom-and-gloom headlines predicting the end of our relevance — headlines which failed to capture… Read moreThe future of regional public universities, part two
As thousands of 2020 and 2021 graduates crossed the stage at commencement this month, we spent a great deal of time ruminating on their futures: the careers they will have, the leadership they will demonstrate in… Read moreThe future of regional public universities, part one
In the early hours of Saturday morning, we learned that two individuals were shot at a local off-campus apartment complex. We now can confirm that the two victims are Central Michigan University students — junior Johnathan… Read moreUpdate on this weekend’s off-campus shooting incident
This week, our country tuned in to hear the closing statements in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd last summer. At its heart, this tragedy and its ensuing… Read moreStatement on the trial of Derek Chauvin