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Photo: Presidentially speaking

Five university presidents—all with U-M ties—celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School of Education Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE), which consistently has been ranked the best in the nation. Each spoke about "Challenges to Higher Education in the 21st Century'' during an inaugural symposium Jan. 12. Attending were Syracuse University President Nancy Cantor (front row, left), a former U-M provost; School of Education Dean Deborah Ball; CSHPE Director Deborah Carter; President Mary Sue Coleman; President Emeritus James Duderstadt (back row, left); University of Illinois President B. Joseph White, a former U-M interim president; Marvin Peterson, professor and former director of CSHPE; Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Emeritus Charles Vest, a former U-M provost; and Patricia King, CSHPE professor and chair of the inaugural event. Duderstadt and Vest, who both served on the U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, discussed ideas they developed for the commission and their own efforts to make education more accessible. Cantor and White talked about their efforts to make education more vital to the states they serve, while Coleman offered an overview of U-M's efforts to diversify and improve education. (Photo by Mike Gould, School Of Education Communications)

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