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WISCAPE, ELPA join forces to re-envision center

July 08, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that, effective July 1, the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) is integrated into the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The center is now part of ELPA’s Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education (HPCE) program.

Clifton Conrad
Clifton Conrad, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and professor of higher education, will serve as WISCAPE’s inaugural faculty director, for a three-year term. Noel Radomski will serve as the center’s managing director.

“The re-envisioned WISCAPE will be anchored in supporting the cultivation and sharing of promising ideas for strengthening higher learning, not only in Wisconsin and the United States, but internationally as well,” said Conrad. “We plan to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to exchange ideas for addressing contemporary and emerging challenges and opportunities facing higher education.”

WISCAPE’s staff will work closely with Professor Conrad and ELPA higher education faculty in coming months to craft WISCAPE’s new mission statement and strategic plan, and to plan future programming and publications.

Noel Radomski
“This merger offers us a unique moment to review what we have done during the last 15 years and examine what we should do moving forward to help advance the public dialogue on higher education policy and practice,” said Radomski. “I look forward to the opportunities offered by this new partnership.” 

The School of Education Dean Diana Hess remarked, “Fusing WISCAPE into ELPA is an exciting development that will make significant contributions to developing solutions to challenging problems in higher education—in Wisconsin and beyond. This move reinforces and clearly communicates our commitment to improving access to and opportunities in higher education for all people.”

Since its founding in 2001 on the UW–Madison campus, WISCAPE has worked to promote the creation and sharing of ideas for addressing Wisconsin’s postsecondary education challenges. It is housed in the School of Education.

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