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Join this National Deliberation - "Shaping Our Future" A National Converstion about Higher Education

Download Free Shaping Our Future Forum Materials
In Inside Higer Ed read an article about the Shaping Our Future project
Read an article by Kaylesh Ramu and David Hoffman
Watch a one hour webinar about moderating Shaping Our Future forums
SO YOU WANT TO HOLD A FORUM suggestions and links to resources about how to convene and moderate a forum.pdf (289 K)
From Nancy Gansneder_PowerPoint Presentation about Shaping Our Future Forums.pptx (2062 K)

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Are you concerned about the rising cost of higher education? Are the nation's colleges and universities doing a good job preparing students for the future? How does higher education benefit society as a whole?

Would you like to participate in a discussion on this topic? If so, you can organize a forum or join one using the issue guide, Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?, that has been developed by the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) in association with the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP). Free copies of the guide can be downloaded from the NIFI website, where there is further information about the NIF process of deliberation, along with additional materials to help you promote this crucial conversation in your community.

This new issue guide will be used in many public deliberative forums in the coming year as part of a national conversation about how higher education can help us create the kind of society we want. In partnership with the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP) launched a national discussion on higher education’s role in America’s future. The discussions in communities and on campuses began in April, 2012, and will continue through the year.

Be a Part of this Important Deliberation.

Anyone interested in hosting a forum can obtain information from Harry Boyte at or Bill Muse, president of the National Issues Forums, at

Materials for use in Shaping Our Future forums include the discussion guide, a discussion-starter video (to watch online or order a DVD), a guide to forums (moderator’s guide), and a post-forum questionnaire to be collected at each forum. Materials can be downloaded FREE (through June 30, 2013) from the National Issues Forums website. The 12-page hardcopy version of the issue guide can be ordered for $2.49 plus shippping cost. You can find more information about downloading or ordering these materials here.

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