Higher education in the U.S. is in a state of crisis. We see evidence of this crisis in huge cuts in funding for public schools, skyrocketing costs of attendance at both private and public schools, and increases in student debt burdens. Financialization has a number of disturbing consequences for higher education, including increases in overall

The University of Michigan and Michigan State University, the two largest universities in the state, together purchase more than $2 billion of goods and services each year, including everything from desks to high-powered computers. Much of this money is spent in Michigan, supporting local businesses even through tough economic times. Unfortunately, state policies have prevented U of M and MSU from fully using their purchasing power for the benefit of all of Michigan’s business owners.

The University of Michigan, as a public university, has an inherent responsibility to serve the interests of the community it represents. The institution purchases more than $1 billion of goods and services each year, and how the university chooses to spend that money shapes the structure and values of Ann Arbor and Southeastern Michigan as

Alec Ramsay-Smith Interviews Candidate for Probate Judge Tracy Van Den Bergh “I want to bring my unique perspective to the bench to ensure all citizens of the county are fairly represented in the probate court. When families and individuals are brought before the court, they are often dealing with the toughest issues of their lives.

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Roosevelt @ U of Michigan seeks to create an engaging, fun environment where students from all backgrounds and academic disciplines can build relationships with other students, impact public policy, and effect real change. The chapter deepens understanding of state and local policy problems by engaging with local policy makers, professors, and leaders. These efforts inform topic specific

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At University of Michigan, Roosevelters are working with school administrators to develop procurement processes that provide opportunities for local, minority and women owned businesses. As a publicly-funded anchor institution with a budget of over $1 billion in goods and services each year, the university has the opportunity to ensure that these transactions help support the

Dominic Russel from Roosevelt @ U Michigan details how new developments are displacing residents, even in Detroit. But a growing body of research suggests the opposite is true: inequitable cities and regions have shorter periods of sustained growth and prosperity. It turns out that when working-class residents can’t afford to live near new developments, business owners

In 2015, at a time when innovative ideas are needed in politics more than ever, Roosevelters are organizing their peers to take their ideas to their elected officials – online and offline. By connecting our ideas to decision makers and power-players, we are creating a groundswell of real policy change. We’re taking our ideas to the place

Our tuition checks shouldn’t be going to pay off debts from Wall Street’s bad deals. The last few decades have not been kind to America’s local public institutions. Cities that once built state-of-the-art infrastructure are now struggling to fix potholes in the street. Public schools that were once the best in the world are lagging

The Roosevelt Institute’s annual 10 Ideas series is the largest undergraduate policy journal, sharing locally-generated student ideas from across the country to create policy change. Read our 10 Ideas for Energy & Environment 2015 below: 10 Ideas for Energy and Environment, 2015 by Roosevelt Campus Network Closing Orphaned Wells: Preventing Spills When Oil Companies Go Bankrupt