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Welcome to the WISCAPE Blog

Thank you for visiting our blog. We aim to provide a space for WISCAPE faculty, staff, and others to share their viewpoints on key issues and trends in postsecondary education and invite discussion with the broader community. The opinions expressed in blog posts are the authors' own and do not reflect the official views of WISCAPE.
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  • Jun 18, 2018

    Leslie Orrantia addresses community engagement on WISCAPE podcast

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    Leslie Orrantia, director of community relations at UW-Madison, discusses the rewards and intricacies of her experiences as she nears her second anniversary of serving in the role.
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  • May 29, 2018

    This Just Published: Unraveling Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    This edition of "This Just Published" examines journal articles that unpack the complexities of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which aim to make knowledge more accessible and interactive, yet often suffer from student disengagement and low retention.
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  • May 21, 2018

    Clif Conrad discusses collaborative learning on WISCAPE podcast

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    The third episode of WISCAPE's "Now in Higher Ed" podcast features an interview with Professor Clif Conrad, WISCAPE's faculty director, on collaborative and value-added learning approaches. Here are some highlights.
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  • May 9, 2018

    James Minor on making organizational change to support underrepresented college students

    by Jiahe Wang Xu
    Jiahe Wang Xu, an ELPA graduate student, highlights some of the main takeaways from Dr. James Minor's presentation at WISCAPE's 2018 summit, Educating a Diverse Wisconsin.
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  • May 1, 2018

    This Just Published: Study abroad opportunities

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    This edition of "This Just Published" features analyses of three, recently published journal articles on study abroad opportunities for students across varying levels of postsecondary education.
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  • Apr 20, 2018

    Hyun addresses research on immigrant transfer students on WISCAPE podcast

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    So Hee Hyun, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, discusses her dissertation research on immigrant transfer students' experiences in higher education in the latest episode of WISCAPE's "Now in Higher Ed" podcast. Here are some episode highlights.
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  • Apr 17, 2018

    COWS report to be released at summit examines racial disparity in Wisconsin's college systems

    by Matthew Braunginn
    Matthew Braunginn offers a preview of a new report from the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS), examining racial disparity in Wisconsin's state college systems. The report will be released at WISCAPE's April 26 summit, Educating a Diverse Wisconsin.
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  • Apr 6, 2018

    Reframing models of inclusion for college students with disabilities

    by Caelyn Randall
    Caelyn Randall argues that, in providing inclusive experiences for college students with disabilities, disability justice advocates should focus on working against carceral systems and practicing Universal Design.
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  • Mar 19, 2018

    Winkle-Wagner discusses mentoring practices in inaugural WISCAPE podcast

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    In the first episode of WISCAPE's "Now in Higher Ed" podcast series, Brett Ranon Nachman speaks with Dr. Rachelle Winkle-Wanger about her study of how college students of color find and experience mentoring and support in STEM fields.
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  • Mar 14, 2018

    This Just Published: Students and faculty with disabilities

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    This edition of "This Just Published," by Brett Ranon Nachman, highlights three, recently published journal articles focused on college students and faculty with disabilities.
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  • Feb 14, 2018

    This Just Published: Latinx undocumented college student success

    by Daniel Corral
    This edition of "This Just Published," by ELPA doctoral student Daniel Corral, highlights three recently-published journal articles focused on Latinx undocumented college student success.
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  • Feb 12, 2018

    Q&A with Z Nicolazzo, author of "Trans* in College"

    by Kari Dickinson
    We asked Z Nicolazzo (pronouns: ze/hir and she/her/hers), the author of "Trans* In College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion," to share a bit about hir research and perspective on the experience of trans college students in advance of hir visit to UW-Madison next week.
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  • Jan 17, 2018

    This Just Published: Institutional rankings

    by Chen Wang
    This edition of "This Just Published," by ELPA doctoral student Chen Wang, highlights three recently-published journal articles focused on institutional rankings.
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  • Dec 14, 2017

    This Just Published: Biracial students

    by Brittany Ota-Malloy
    This issue of “This Just Published” highlights three journal articles, published over the past year, that focus on the experience of biracial students.
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  • Dec 6, 2017

    A primer on the university endowment and contemporary reform proposals

    by Adam J. Kindschy
    Higher education institutions in the U.S. are typically funded by some combination of the following revenue sources: state appropriations (at public institutions), tuition/financial aid, research grants, auxiliary services, and philanthropy. The focus of this primer will be on the philanthropy revenue source, and more specifically, the university endowment.
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  • Nov 27, 2017

    Davidson's 'The New Education' highlights promising postsecondary programs

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    Take a snapshot of our current higher education landscape, and the innumerable challenges facing us might cause some to ​turn away from the picture. As Cathy N. Davidson points out in The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, recently published by Basic Books, we are in a period of rapid transformations, akin to the Panic of 1857 with the rise of new technologies ​such as telegraphy.
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  • Nov 15, 2017

    Higher education institutional planning for Latinx college student success

    by Valerie Crespín-Trujillo
    The rapid growth in the number of Latinx people in the United States has resulted in an increased proportion of Latinx students in our nation’s educational system. Despite the various barriers faced by some Latinx students within this system, cumulatively we are experiencing positive gains in the number of students entering and persisting in grades K-12 and into college. The purpose of this blog post is to briefly feature some of these achievements in educational outcomes for Latinx students and to highlight the strategic planning of a few Wisconsin colleges in relation to this population.
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  • Nov 8, 2017

    This Just Published: Transfer programs and practices

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    This edition of "This Just Published" highlights recently-published journal articles that address transfer and transitions from two-year to four-year institutions.
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  • Oct 30, 2017

    Q&A with Andy and Dee J. Hall of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

    by WISCAPE Staff
    We asked ​Andy Hall and Dee J. Hall, ​founders of the award-winning Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ), some questions about ​the center, their work with students, and the importance of investigative reporting in advance of their upcoming WISCAPE talk, "Training Truth Tellers: An Experiment at UW-Madison Shapes the Future of Investigative Reporting."
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  • Oct 19, 2017

    More reflections on the proposed UW Colleges and UW-Extension restructuring

    by Noel Radomski, WISCAPE Managing Director
    Limited comments, and minimal critical feedback, have emerged from UW System administration; UW-Madison faculty, staff, and campus administrators; and 72 county leaders and others about the proposed transfer of UW-Extension Cooperative Extension (COOP) from UW-Extension to UW-Madison, which is part of the larger proposed UW Colleges and UW Extension Restructuring. Before the UW System Board of Regents vote on the proposal in November​ -- or, more likely, in spring 2018​ -- several critical questions should be asked, discussed, and answered. Below are several reflections ​ -- and there are more​ -- that should be publicly discussed in numerous locations and settings across Wisconsin.
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