Kudos on the hearing yesterday, and portfolio submission reminder for UM students

Kudos to everyone on the hearing yesterday -- the presenters deserve to be proud, but even more, you should be proud of yourselves as a CAUCUS. The fact that everyone was so prepared, and could respond to the panel so well, is a testament to the ideas, suggestions, questions, and feedback that you gave to each other throughout the semester. The panel did have some tough questions about many of the proposals, but that means that you tackled important issues without easy solutions, and that the members of the panel were truly taking you seriously. 

EDUC 362 students, don't forget that your final portfolio is due Friday (Dec. 14) at 11:59pm, submitted through the UM Canvas site for your section. Please give your portfolio extra care and attention -- your insights about public policy in Michigan, your reflection on your own learning, the work that you highlight, and the care you take in putting together the portfolio itself will all have a substantial impact on your final grade. Thanks to you all, and best wishes for the end of the semester and holidays.

Details of the MSC Hearing in Lansing (9am, December 12)

Please read carefully the following details about next week’s hearing. As previously noted, you as a group will be presenting the MSC Winter 2018 Platform before the Michigan Special Commission on Civic Engagement next Wednesday, December 12th, 9:00am-11:00 in room 426 of the Capitol Building (100 N. Capitol Avenue) in Lansing. Please plan to arrive by 8:45am. Lansing is about an hour and a half from Ann Arbor by car (taking into account parking and getting to the room, as well as rush hour traffic), and if you are a UM student you will need to arrange your own transportation there and back.

This is the culminating event for the MSC semester, and it represents the opportunity for your ideas to have a direct impact on policy-makers. Attendance is MANDATORY for all Caucus members taking MSC as a university course, whether or not you are a topic coordinator, and whether or not you have authored a proposal in the platform.

The hearing will take place roughly as follows:

MSC Platform and other important announcements

We have a platform!  

Based on the cumulative ratings by MSC members and the recommendations of the TCs and faculty, the following proposals have been entered into the Fall 2018 MSC Platform:

  • Air Pollution in Michigan

  • Proposal on Funding of Michigan Schools

  • Mental Health for Children

  • Combating Childhood Obesity

Proposal rating and discussion has started

With the exception of Innovation Academy students finishing their proposals, all MSC activity now should be focused on rating individual proposals and discussing the relative merits of proposals, with the aim of deciding which proposals should be part of the MSC platform. Continue this activity through noon on Tuesday, November 27. (UM students, you may take time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, but NOT the entire week.)


Proposal rating begins THURSDAY (Nov. 15)

Proposal rating and discussion begins Thursday, November 15 and will continue until noon on Tuesday, November 27. During the proposal rating period, all editing of proposals must stop so that everyone is rating and discussing the same proposals. (Exception: Students at Innovation Academy may continue to work on their proposals until they are complete.) You will be allowed to edit your proposals again after the rating period is over, so if you have ideas for changes or additions, please hold onto them and make the changes after November 27.

Deadline extensions; Proposal final drafts due soon

Please note  the following calendar changes:

  1. Your Proposal Final Draft is due by the end of the evening, Wednesday, November 14. The formal proposal language and all parts of the proposal document must be complete by that time.

  2. The proposal rating and discussion period will take place starting Nov. 15 and continuing until NOON on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Please also keep in mind:

Formal proposals

Now that you have had a chance to explore different potential solutions, it’s time to choose the best aspects of those solutions and synthesize them into a draft of your formal proposal.

As you make your decisions about what will go into your formal proposal, think about what elements would be most likely to address the needs and goals of your primary persona. At the same time, think about which combination of elements is most:

  • feasible (what can actually be done, considering practical, financial, and political factors?),

Hearing date; Three solutions due Oct. 28


Our hearing date has been confirmed as follows:

Wednesday, December 12, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Location: State Capitol Building in Lansing, Room 426

Please note that attendance is mandatory for all UM MSC members.


Now that you have framed your problem from the point of view of your persona, your key task for this week is to create at least three different, contrasting solutions that could address the problem for that person in some way. At this point, the goal is to generate as many different kinds of potential solutions as possible -- withhold judgment about your own ideas, and don’t worry about feasibility yet. Dream big!

Persona/POV due Sunday; Proposal Check-in

Two items for UM students:

1. Your Persona and POV Statement are due by the end of the day this coming Sunday. The aim in creating both of these is to consider the question, “Whose problem is this?”

In creating a persona, you will imagine a person whose needs are at the center of the issue you have identified in your media artifact, and you will give this person a name, age, background, and goals. Then as you move forward, you’ll be crafting your proposal to first and foremost meet this person’s needs. The POV statement is a concise formulation of those needs, framing the problem in terms of your persona's goals.

See this doc for detailed instructions.

2. If you haven’t already done so, sign up for your proposal check-in ASAP. The FINAL DAY available for sign up is  Friday, OCT. 26.  

Proposal check-ins and upcoming Town Halls

Proposal check-in sign up (UM students only)

EDUC 362 students: Proposal check-in meetings will take place Oct. 17-26. Please sign up on this doc as soon as possible, to make a 20-minute appointment with faculty to talk about your evolving proposal.  If you are working with a partner, please choose a time when you can come in together.

Town Hall meetings

There are about a dozen different events that can count as town hall meetings this month, all listed in the EVENTS section. UM students, looking at the remaining listings, if your schedule is such that by the end of the month you will not have been able to attend at least two town hall events,* please contact the instructors right away.