Panelists to discuss future of higher education in Michigan

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Budgets and value are among issues at CMU’s Griffin Policy Forum

The realities of Michigan’s struggling economy, online course instruction, rapidly changing campus demographics and the rising costs of a college education are among the numerous issues debated daily by higher education administrators. 
Panelists at the Fall 2011 Griffin Policy Forum at Central Michigan University will address these issues and others surrounding higher education. “The Future of Higher Education in Michigan” will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, inside the Powers Hall Ballroom on the CMU campus.
“Higher education is at a crossroad,” said Maxine Berman, CMU’s Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government. “As the state budget continues to tighten, universities feel the pain and students face higher tuition and residence costs. We need to rethink what we do as a campus and as part of a great family of Michigan universities.”
The Fall 2011 Griffin Policy Forum will be moderated by Peter Luke, columnist with Booth News Service. Panelists will be: Dr. George E. Ross, president of Central Michigan University; Dr. Michael Boulas, executive director, Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan; Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future Inc.; and the Honorable Don Gilmer, past chair of the Michigan House Appropriation and Higher Education Appropriation Committees.
The Griffin Policy Forums are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Political Science at CMU. The forums help raise political awareness and participation among students, faculty and community members, along with preparing political leaders for Michigan’s future.
Admission to the forum is free and open to the public. The forum will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. inside the Powers Hall Ballroom. To RSVP, call 989-774-3341 or email