The work of UW-Madison’s Nick Hillman was recently highlighted in an article published in the Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer headlined, “Location means a lot for college enrollments.”
The article looks at a study recently co-authored by Hillman titled, “Education Deserts: The Continued Significance of ‘Place’ in the Twenty-First Century.”
The article explains: “
To begin with we need to understand that the choice of college is largely driven by four factors: cost, academic offerings, job preparation and location. One of the major findings by these researchers was that despite allegations that there are too many institutions of higher education in this country, the fact of the matter is that there are many of what they call 'educational deserts,' that is, geographic areas where college opportunities are quite few and far between. Essentially, these are locations where the only higher education institution within a 50-mile radius is a community college -– if even that.”
The article concludes: “If America is the land of opportunities, then we should make sure that opportunities for higher education are available to all, irrespective of where they live. Otherwise, the current economic gap between the 'haves' and the 'have not’s' will continue to grow.”
Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).