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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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  • Feb 4, 2014

    Addressing Student Debt in Wisconsin

    by Sara Goldrick-Rab, WISCAPE Senior Scholar
    On Wednesday morning at 10 am, a bill titled the “Higher Education, Lower Debt Act” will receive a hearing before the Wisconsin Legislature’s Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges.
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  • Jan 29, 2014

    New Data on State Appropriations for Higher Education

    by Jennifer Delaney, WISCAPE Affiliate
    Colleagues at the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers released new data this past week (on 1/20/2014) on state spending on higher education. Their annual Grapevine report is a survey of state general fund appropriations for higher education. Grapevine has been published since 1960 and offers a detailed look at state spending on higher education. The media headlines this week (for instance in Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Wall Street Journal) discuss higher education funding as beginning a “rebound,” “recovery,” or “comeback.” While I agree that the Grapevine data show that state support for higher education appears to be recovering, I also want to highlight the slow pace of recovery.
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  • Dec 9, 2013

    Reflections on WISCAPE's Dec. 4 tuition forum

    by Jason Lee, Outreach Programs Manager
    Too often discussions about tuition and aid get entangled in the swamp of current policies and practices without addressing larger questions about the purpose and role of higher education: Is college a right or a privilege? For whom? Is it primarily a public or private good? Is it a “good” at all? These themes and more emerged at our recent WISCAPE forum: Tuition and Aid: The Good, Bad, and Ugly.
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