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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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  • 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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  • Oct 13, 2017

    Reflections on the proposed UW Colleges and UW-Extension restructuring

    by Noel Radomski, WISCAPE Managing Director
    On October 11, 2017, President Ray Cross announced a proposal to restructure UW Colleges and UW-Extension to “…improve student access and success, increase efficiency and save resources, and better align with Wisconsin’s future workforce needs.” The proposal calls for the integration of the UW Colleges campuses into UW four-year institutions and assigning UW​-Extension divisions to UW-Madison and UW System Administration. Interestingly, others, such as John Torinus, have in the past suggested a regional approach to Wisconsin’s public postsecondary education. Below are some reflections aimed at contributing to the public dialogue.
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  • Oct 9, 2017

    This Just Published: What's new in LGBTQ+

    by Brett Ranon Nachman
    The inaugural edition of "This Just Published" on the WISCAPE blog, by Brett Ranon Nachman, highlights recently-published higher education articles on LGBTQ+ students.
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  • Oct 4, 2017

    Limits on free speech in an era of censorship

    by Chelsea A. Blackburn Cohen
    We live in a world where we practice censorship daily. In an era where we lament the political gridlock of a two-party system that seems to be failing us, more often than not we mimic the tendencies of that system.
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  • Sep 21, 2017

    ELPA Ph.D. students participate in future faculty development programs

    by Brett Nachman, WISCAPE Project Assistant
    WISCAPE is excited to highlight two notable ​Ph.D. students in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) at UW-Madison who were recently selected to participate in future faculty development programs at the University of Tennessee and New York University.
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  • Sep 14, 2017

    Q&A with Steven Olikara

    by WISCAPE Staff
    In advance of ​his visit to Wisconsin ​next week, we asked ​Steven Olikara, the founder and president of the Millennial Action Project and a 2012 graduate of UW-Madison, ​some questions about his experience as a student at UW-Madison, his passion for music, and more.
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  • Feb 13, 2017

    Priorities for higher education in the United States

    by WISCAPE Staff
    A statement from nine directors of leading ​centers for ​higher ​education, including WISCAPE’s Clifton Conrad, which was sent to the presidential Task Force on Higher Education Reform chaired by Jerry Falwell, Jr. The document outlines seven keystone challenges facing higher education and the role of the federal government in addressing these challenges.
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  • Jan 19, 2017

    Creating a place to remember fondly

    by Harvey Long and Dr. Valyncia C. Raphael, J.D.
    In the fall of 1940, 17-year-old Frances Murphy of Baltimore, Maryland, arrived at the University of Wisconsin. She was the last of the Murphy sisters to attend: Carlita was a sophomore, and Ida had graduated in May of that year and now worked in advertising at the family newspaper, Baltimore’s Afro-American. Jim Crow had forced the sisters more than 800 miles west to study journalism, a major not offered at historically Black Morgan State College (now Morgan State University). Their father, Carl J. Murphy, a former Howard University professor and prominent newspaper editor, demanded that the state of Maryland pay full tuition, and trips home, for his daughters, since the University of Maryland, which did offer journalism, was closed to African Americans. The governor consented, and installments were paid to the ​UW.
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  • Sep 6, 2016

    Where do Wisconsin students go out of state to college?

    by WISCAPE Staff
    After reading a recent New York Times feature, “How Cuts to Public Universities Have Driven Students Out of State,” Nicholas Hillman, a WISCAPE faculty affiliate, decided to take a closer look at where Wisconsin students go when they go out of state for college.
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  • Jun 3, 2016

    Gov. Walker’s UW System public authority comment: Much ado about nothing, or something?

    by Noel Radomski, WISCAPE Director and Associate Researcher
    ​Summer blockbuster movies haven’t been released, many K-12 schools are still in session, the Republican and Democratic national conventions haven’t taken place, and the Green Bay Packers preseason practices haven’t begun​. However, it is not too early for speculation on Wisconsin's 2017-2019 biennial budget.
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  • Apr 22, 2016

    Issues of oversight of police on campus

    by Jason Lee, Outreach Programs Manager
    Most colleges and universities operate police departments like the ones at UW, Penn St., UC Davis, and Cincinnati. However, oversight from the larger community -- including faculty, students, and staff -- is often unclear or lacking.
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  • Feb 29, 2016

    Q&A with Alice Dreger

    by WISCAPE Staff
    In advance of her visit to UW-Madison this week, we asked Alice Dreger to share her perspective on questions of academic freedom and how to protect it. Dreger will ​present a WISCAPE talk this Friday, March 4, from 12 to 1:30 pm.
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  • Feb 23, 2016

    The arts and sciences, or STEM?

    by Johann N. Neem, WISCAPE Affiliate
    A recent, widely-read story in the New York Times, titled “A Rising Call to Promote STEM Education and Cut Liberal Arts Funding” (Feb. 21, 2016), told the now well-known story of American policy leaders offering incentives to major in the “STEM” fields, while cutting funding or offering disincentives to major in the humanities and social sciences. The most recent round of this ongoing conversation was spurred by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s suggestion that tax dollars should fund "useful" degrees, not French literature.
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  • Dec 10, 2015

    Common-sense reasons to reject the proposed UW-Extension mission revision

    by Noel Radomski, WISCAPE Director and Associate Researcher
    UW System Resolution I.1.i, “Second Reading and Approval of the proposed UW-Extension select mission change,” will be discussed and a voted upon at the Thursday, December 10th, UW System Board of Regents Education Committee meeting. If the Education Committee approves the resolution, it will be forwarded, discussed, and voted upon at the Friday, December 11th, UW System Board of Regents meeting. The proposed revision is not an incremental change. It includes four, far-reaching changes which would fundamentally alter UW-Extension, waste scarce resources, adversely affect future relationships and collaborations with the UW System’s 26 institutions, and catalyze opposition from external stakeholders. And, surprisingly, UW System and UW-Extension leadership have ignored and/or dismissed advice, warnings, and opposition from a majority of chancellors from the UW’s regional and doctoral universities.
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