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Radomski discusses UW's record year for number of doctorates awarded

January 26, 2017

Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a Badger Herald article discussing the record number of doctorate degrees awarded at ​the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015.

According to the article, “Setting a new record for itself, the University of Wisconsin ranked third in the nation for the number of Ph.D.s awarded in 2015, which experts say could lead to an increase in enrollment and research.”

Radomski said, “UW’s success can be attributed to the large number of colleges and schools it houses​ . . . ​Having this many schools is bound to generate and attract more graduate students, who then go on to earn Ph.D.s.”

“It’s good that UW is doing quite well and hopefully will be good sign for prospective grad students to look at UW,” Radomski continued. “Without grad students, our undergraduate students and research enterprise would be hit quite hard.”

He said the next step for UW and other research universities will be “to offer enough assistantships with adequate salaries and benefits to graduate students.”

WISCAPE is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) within UW-Madison's School of Education.

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