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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Higher Education and Economic Growth in Michigan: Looking Back and Looking Ahead on the Fifth Anniversary of the Cherry Commission
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

In 2004, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm charged the Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth with identifying strategies to improve postsecondary attainment and completion in Michigan.

To mark the five-year anniversary of the Cherry Commission, leaders of the education and business communities in Michigan will address the past, present, and future of higher education and economic growth in Michigan.

Higher Education in Michigan: Looking Back and Looking Ahead on the Fifth Anniversary of the Cherry Commission
All Day Event

In 2004, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm charged the Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth to identify strategies to improve postsecondary attainment and completion in Michigan. The Cherry Commission issued its report in December 2004, setting out a wide-ranging set of recommendations to improve the education and training of Michigan's citizenry.

Monday, November 30, 2009
Food System Governance: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities for Michigan
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM

What is the role of government in creating a sustainable and fair food system? How does the work of policy makers relate to that of agencies and non-governmental organizations? This panel discussion will explore the roles that various entities play in governing Michigan's food system. Panelists will highlight successes, touch on how they work together, discuss where and why there are gaps, and explain how governance can promote food access, environmental sustainability, and the financial viability of food production, processing, and distribution.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Panel Presentation: The Role of Urban Food Retail in Detroit's Economic Development and Revitalization
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

This panel discussion will present a number of different approaches to urban food retail in the city of Detroit, including: a program that touches on the conventional grocery industry; a program to develop grocery sector entrepreneurs; a new model for community grocery stores; and alternative formats/vehicles for urban residents to get fresh food.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Urban Education in SE Michigan: Inequalities and Innovations
2:00 PM -  4:00 PM

The Algebra Project was founded in 1982 by a Harlem-born and Harvard-educated Civil Rights' leader, Dr. Robert P. Moses through the use of his MacArthur Fellowship award. AP's unique approach to school reform intentionally develops sustainable, student-centered models by building coalitions of stakeholders within the local communities, particularly the historically underserved population. Since 2000, they have continued to provide the context in which students, schools, parents and communities maximize local resources and take ownership of their own community building and mathematics education reform efforts, which now include high school as well as middle grade initiatives. Their current work seeks a national response to establish a fundamental right: the right of every child to a quality public school education.

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Building Community-based, Sustainable Food Systems: Case Studies and Recommendations
5:00 PM -  6:30 PM

Nine graduate students at University of Michigan's Taubman College in the urban planning program and two faculty advisors have explored these issues for the last eight months. They've traveled to communities across North America to highlight innovative practices in the production, processing and distribution of food. Together, these case studies illustrate the components of an alternative: a more community-based, sustainable food system. They reveal the practical steps that individuals, businesses, government and community organizations can take to help build this more sustainable alternative.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Schooling in Developing Countries: the Roles of Supply, Demand, and Government Policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

In developing countries, rising incomes, increased demand for more skilled labor, and government investments of considerable resources on building and equipping schools and paying teachers have contributed to some global convergence in enrollment rates and completed years of schooling but substantial education gaps persist, such as between rural and urban households and also between males and females, in some settings. To address these gaps, some governments have introduced school vouchers or cash transfers programs that are targeted to disadvantaged children. Some governments have aimed at raising school quality such as setting higher eligibility requirements for teachers or increasing the number of textbooks in the hands of students to attract or retain students. It has become increasingly clear that increased enrollments have not led to a commensurate improvement in knowledge and skills of students. Establishing the impact of these policies and programs requires an understanding of the incentives and constraints faced by all parties involved, the school providers, the parents and the children.

Monday, March 16, 2009
Panel Discussion: Rightsizing Michigan's Prison Population: Policy-driven Expansion and Reduction in an Era of Mass Incarceration
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Current and former Corrections Department leaders will discuss changes in Michigan's crime and corrections policies and how they have affected the state's prison population over time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
CLOSUP Seminars: The Effect of School Choice on College and Crime
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM

David Deming will present his study of the implementation of an open enrollment public school choice plan in Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district (CMS) in 2002.

Monday, March 09, 2009
The Past and Future of Education Research
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

As a new administration takes the reins of the federal education research enterprise, the former director of federal education research, evaluation, and statistics will reflect on his experience in leading a research agency within the Bush administration that maintained its independence and integrity, and will offer his thoughts on what must be done to strengthen education research further so as to provide practitioners and policymakers with the knowledge to improve education outcomes substantially.

Monday, February 09, 2009
Michigan's Economy in 2009 and Beyond: a Panel Discussion of Economic Experts
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Panelists: John C. Austin, Director, New Economy Initiative & Vice President, Michigan Board of Education, State of Michigan.
Charles L. Ballard, Professor of Economics, Michigan State University & Director of the MSU State of the State Survey
Kim Hill, Director, Automotive Communities Program and Associate Director, Economics and Business Group, Center for Automotive Research.
Christopher Hayter, Program Director, Economic Development Program, National Governor's Association
Moderator: Paul Courant, Dean of Libraries and Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

Hosted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. Co-sponsored by the Ford School of Public Policy. [Details]

Monday, January 26, 2009
A Pathway to Common Education Standards
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The case for a national effort to create core standards grows stronger by the day. Currently, 50 states have 50 standards, and most states are setting the bar as low as possible in order to comply with the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements of NCLB. Half the states have set fourth-grade reading benchmarks so low that they fall beneath even the most basic level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. None of the highest performing nations in the world rely on such a patchwork system to create expectations and standards, and devise assessments, for its students. The U.S. is extraordinarily unique in its view that Algebra is different in Maine then it is in Mississippi. We need a more comprehensive national policy on education standards.