Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education

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The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) was established in 2001 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus by former UW–Madison Chancellor David Ward.[1]


Ward envisioned the center as “a policy think tank, not just an academic think tank,” that would promote cross-disciplinary research and scholarship on postsecondary education, enhance professional development for those working at colleges and universities, and engage the public in a dialogue about the role of postsecondary education in a democratic society.[1]

Areas of focus[edit]

Local and national media have since highlighted the work of the center’s staff, scholars, and affiliates on a variety of postsecondary education issues, including financial aid,[2] trends in state funding for postsecondary education,[3][4] returns to state investment in postsecondary education,[5] college student transfer issues,[6][7][8] community colleges,[9][10][11] de facto privatization of public universities,[12][13][14] gridlock in state policymaking,[15][16] the college presidency,[17] federal college cost containment measures,[18] and the Wisconsin Covenant.[19][20][21][22]


  1. ^ a b Heinen, N. “A Rare Look Inward.” Madison Magazine, March 2001.
  2. ^ Ziff, D. “A Study on Grant Students.” Wisconsin State Journal, July 27, 2008. [1]
  3. ^ College Connections: A Weekly Radio Program about Higher Education in Oklahoma. “Understanding Funding Trends,” October 20, 2007. [2]
  4. ^ Redden, E. “Explaining State Spending on Higher Ed.” Inside Higher Ed, October 11, 2007. [3]
  5. ^ Trostel, P. “State Fiscal Priorities Disturbing.” Wisconsin State Journal, November 16, 2006. [4]
  6. ^ Moltz, D. “Why Reverse Transfer?” Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2009
  7. ^ Ashburn, E. “Disadvantaged Students Can Earn 4-Year Degrees With Key Supports, Study Finds.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 9, 2009. [5]
  8. ^ Carey, K. “Carrots, Sticks and Transfer.” Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2008. [6]
  9. ^ Viadero, D. “Community College a Research Puzzle. Education Week, September 2, 2009. [7]
  10. ^ Wisconsin Public Radio. “Transforming America’s Community Colleges,” University of the Air, August 9, 2009. [8]
  11. ^ Finkelmeyer, T. “UW-Madison Profs Help Shape Bold Initiative for Community Colleges.” The Capital Times, July 20, 2009. [9]
  12. ^ Jaschik, S. “’The True Genius of America at Risk.’” Inside Higher Ed, January 30, 2006. [10]
  13. ^ Dillon, S. “At Public Universities, Warnings of Privatization.” The New York Times, October 16, 2005. [11]
  14. ^ Rivedal, K. “Can Universities Stay Public?” Wisconsin State Journal, September 14, 2005. [12]
  15. ^ Stampen, J. “Rise Of Block Voting In The Wisconsin State Legislature One Reason For Public Policy Lull.” WisOpinion.com, August 7, 2007. [13]
  16. ^ Stampen, J. “Democrats Continue Legislative Gridlock.” WisOpinion.com, April 30, 2010. [14]
  17. ^ Peterson, H. “Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 13, 2008. [15]
  18. ^ Lederman, D. “Dubious Approach to Cost Containment.” Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2007. [16]
  19. ^ Foley, R. “Doyle’s College Plan Needs Money: Study Says State Should Provide Tuition Aid to Needy Wisconsin Covenant Students.” Wisconsin State Journal, January 22, 2009. [17]
  20. ^ Perez, E. “State Urged to Fund Covenant: College Program is Not Doing Enough to Help Needy Students, Report Says.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 23, 2009. [18]
  21. ^ “Make a Deal With Kids.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 15, 2007
  22. ^ Foley, R. “Doyle Higher Ed Plan Would Be Costly.” Wisconsin State Journal, May 12, 2007. [19]

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