University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

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

Thursday, December 10, and Friday, December 11, 2009


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.

To mark the five-year anniversary of the Cherry Commission, policymakers, academics and education leaders from across Michigan will gather to focus on how to increase postsecondary access and completion.

To enrich and inform our thinking about next steps for Michigan, prominent researchers and practitioners from across the US will talk about their research on effective remediation, financial aid, learning communities and outreach.

Invitation letters are being sent separately, with registration details. For more information, email or call 734-647-4091.

While this conference is by invitation only, there is a keynote panel discussion that will be open to the public, featuring John Cherry, Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan, Michael Hansen, President of the Michigan Community College Association, and Mark Murray, President of Meijer Inc. That public keynote session will be on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Michigan Union.

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