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Education Policy Fellowship Program

MSU President’s Education Forums

The MSU President’s Education Forums were established in 1998 and are an outreach strategy to inform policy makers and education leaders about current education policy issues and to open discussion around research and best practice in specific education policy areas.  These annual forums are sponsored by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and by the College of Education through the Office of K-12 Outreach.  These forums, which are by invitation only, are well attended by state legislators and their staff members, State Board of Education members, Michigan Department of Education staff, leaders of local and intermediate school districts and association representatives.  Each year the forums provide an opportunity for continuing conversations around critical national and state policy issues. Presentations are made by key MSU College of Education faculty and national authorities who address critical policy issues.  The Michigan EPFP's affiliation with the Education Policy Center at MSU and the Office of K-12 Outreach enables the EPFP Fellows to participate in these forums.  While attendance is encouraged, these forums are optional policy experiences for the Michigan EPFP Fellows.  A luncheon is provided and reservations are required.

The specific dates and speakers for the 2013 forums will be listed as they are confirmed.

For more information see President's Education Forums.


President's Education Forum

The Changing Economics of Education

Decemeber 3, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing

Michigan’s manufacturing-based economy grew very rapidly in the middle of the 20th century.  But manufacturing has been in relative decline for more than 50 years.  As a result, per-capita income in Michigan is now well below the national average.  The brightest prospects for the future are in the highly skilled, high-technology sectors of the economy.  Thus, education is the key to capturing a better economic future for Michigan.  Professor Ballard will discuss the economic trends that have brought us to where we are today, as well as policies for the future.

Charles Ballard has been on the Economics faculty at Michigan State University since 1983, when he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.  In 2007, he became Director of the State of the State Survey, in MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.  Also in 2007, he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in MSU’s College of Social Science.  In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of the Michigan League for Public Policy.  He has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland.  His books include Michigan at the Millennium and Michigan’s Economic Future.

For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Markle, Assistant Dean, Office of K-12 Outreach, Michigan State University, 517.353.8950.


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