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Radomski ponders how to bridge urban-rural divide in Wisconsin

November 17, 2016

Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a University World News article discussing ​reactions to the presidential election among attendees at an international higher education symposium organized by UW-Madison's School of Education.

The article ​reflects on the reasons for Trump's victory, noting that "many pundits have described ​[it] as a mandate from mostly white, mostly rural and often angry voters​."

Indeed, in Wisconsin, the final election tally reflected a stark urban-rural split​. Radomski explained that Madison, which "to no one’s surprise went to Clinton, was once described by a Republican governor as ​'30 square miles surrounded by reality.'"

"Madison’s physical metro area has since expanded, but the geographical philosophical divide serves as a wake-up call," Radomski said. As for how to bridge that divide, he added it "will require nothing short of a recommitment by the UW to the Wisconsin Idea."

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