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March 8, 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU to host panel on the civic good of higher education, March 12

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will host the "Blue Ribbon Panel on the Civic Good of Higher Education," Friday, March 12, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at 201 Welch Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The Michigan Campus Compact and State Rep. Doug Hart (R-73 rd district), vice chair of the House of Representatives Higher Education Committee, are coordinating the panel of state legislators, members of the Michigan higher education community, and community and nonprofit representatives who will address higher education's benefits to the community through civic engagement.

Joining EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick will be Hart; John Burkhardt, director of the National Forum on Higher Education and the Public Good; Kyle Caldwell, executive director, Michigan Community Service Commission; Sen. Deborah Cherry (D-26 th district); Rep. Dave Farhat (R-91 st district); Rep. Chris Kolb (D-53 rd district); and Amy Smitter, executive director, Michigan Campus Compact.

"Higher education was established around civic purpose and we want to reengage that awareness. People should understand that in addition to the obvious gain by an individual student, society and the State of Michigan also benefit from an educated population," said Smitter.

The panel will hear testimony from students and professionals. They also will discuss cost benefit analysis of campus civic engagement programs and education, the impact of programs on the state and individual communities, opportunities for students to receive a civic education, best practices for impact on community needs and how the legislature can support civic engagement of colleges and universities now and in the future.

The panel will take information gathered from the meetings and produce a white paper to be used by the legislature, nonprofits and higher education to highlight the impact on the civic good of higher education.

Sponsoring organizations are the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan; National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good; ConnectMichigan Alliance; Michigan Campus Compact; Michigan Community Service Commission; Michigan Nonprofit Association and the President's Council of State Colleges and Universities.

For more information, call EMU University Relations at 734.487.2420.

The Michigan Campus Compact is an organization created to promote community service and civic engagement among universities in the state.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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