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Main Office

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
School of Education
253 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-3106
Fax: 608/265-3135

Email: elpa@education.wisc.edu
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A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions. —Anonymous

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to create, evaluate, exchange, and apply knowledge about leadership, learning, and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in a diverse and changing world.

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Eric Camburn
Educational Leadership
& Policy Analysis
253D Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706


ELPA FACULTY AND PHD STUDENTS                            


Contacts for Prospective Students                               

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION                                             



  K12 Leadership
  Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education
  Educational Policy

Master's Degree

Global Higher Education

Master's Degree

  K12 Leadership
  Educational Policy
  Higher, Postsecondary
and Continuing Education

Concentrations In
  Student Affairs Administration
  Intercollegiate Athletic Administration
  Two-Year Colleges​

Educational Specialist Certificate

The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)

Clifton F. Conrad, Faculty Director
Noel Radomski,​ Associate Researcher and Managing Director

WISCAPE supports the pursuit, sharing, and implementation of promising ideas for addressing fundamental challenges in postsecondary education in Wisconsin, the United States, and internationally.





                                                                                              ​Julie Mead 

ELPA Professor and SOE Associate Dean speaks with WORT/89.9 FM about school voucher programs





MBK 2015

M. Bruce King

Keynote 2017 WTCS Assessment Conference 
The Learner, the Classroom, and the College: Propelling Assessment for a Sustainable Community 

Presented at the Association for Middle Level Education’s (AMLE) annual conference in Austin, Texas.

MBK 2015

M. Bruce King

Presented at theAssociation for Middle Level Education’s (AMLE) annual conference in Austin, Texas.


Jerlando F.L. Jackson 

Two projects of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison are among those selected to receive first-ever National Science Foundation INCLUDES funding. 

ELPA Professor Jerlando Jackson to serve as collaborating investigator.
Invited to the White House to participate in the final My Brother's Keeper National Summit on Dec. 14 in Washington, D.C. 



Xueli Wang

Research in Higher Education to publish Wang’s paper examining STEM transfer pathways  

Served as editor of ​a special issue of New Directions for Institutional Research titled, "Studying Transfer in Higher Education: New Approaches to Enduring and Emerging Topics."   
Professor Wang also authored two chapters with Kelly Wickersham and Ning Sun, both Ph.D. students in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis co-authoring on chapter.  

Clifton F. Conrad

Speaks with New York Times about declining state funding for higher education.   

The Capital Times interviewed Professor Conrad regarding Trump's ​nomination for Secretary of Education. 

An Interview with 
Clifton F. Conrad
Cultivating Inquiry-Driven Learners 

Speaks with New York Times about financial emergency at Chicago State. (April 2016) 

A book co-authored by Professor Clifton Conrad, ‘A Silent Success,’ translated and re-published by Peking University Press.

Comments on Illinois ​cutting off funding for its public universities on the MARKETPLACE.  (click on listen to the story on the top of MARKETPLACE page) 






Nicholas Hillman 

Journal Sentinel reports on Hillman's review of governor's performance-based funding plan (3/2017)

Quoted in State Journal column examining Vos' critique of tuition cut proposal.

Explains how cuts take heaviest toll on colleges serving low-income students.

Recently co-authored a blog post for the Brookings Institution's website titled,“Where you live rather than what you know? The problem with education deserts."(April 2016)

Geography of College Opportunity
The Case of Education Deserts, appeared in June 2016 edition of the American Educational Research Journal. 



Department of
 Educational Leadership 
Policy Analysis

Masters in K-12 Leadership Cohort
with a Focus on
Social Justice Leadership 

In Collaboration With

Association for Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA)

Wisconsin School District Administrators Association (WASDA)

School District Partners
Middleton-Cross Plains
Sun Prairie

Partnership Guide 

Application Reviews Begin March 1st
Cohort Begins Summer 2017


WISCAPE is pleased host Robert Scott (via Skype) on March 28th for a talk about the innovative Cornell University Prison Education Program.


 APPLY at scholarships.wisc.edu

Deadline March 31, 2017

ELPA Professors Peter Goff (alias Batman) and Nick Hillman (alias Robin) 
discuss Walker’s education budget plans with WPR’s ‘Central Time’.

ELPA faculty aren't just good...they are SUPER!  







  Hyoung Joon Park, Ning Sun, Kelly Wickersham and Mauriell Amechi, ELPA PhD students, along with faculty Xueli Wang and ELPA affiliate Matt Hora are featured in the volume Review of Higher Education, one of the leading journals in higher education and the flagship journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.  
ELPA alumnus 
Leonard Taylor is being honored with the 2017 Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE).  


ELPA Alum Sean Frazier featured in Cap Times report on balance of academics and athletics. 

March 02, 2017

The Capital Times recently put the spotlight on UW-Madison alumnus Sean Frazier, who is helping student-athletes excel in life beyond sports.


Walter Parrish, ELPA PhD student, receives ACPA OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT  AWARD.  

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate student completing a degree in Student Affairs or a related field. Through commitment, innovation, and creativity, the recipient will have made a significant contribution to his/her graduate institution through works, related to increasing awareness and education around multiculturalism, more specifically, as it relates to people of color. Additionally, the recipient will have contributed to Student Affairs through research, professional organization involvement or professionals from backgrounds of color. - See more at: http://www.myacpa.org/standing-committee-multicultural-affairs-awards#sthash.bk5Cju9Z.dpuf


Congratulations to ELPA alumna, Elizabeth Bingman (Global Higher Education Program 2013 cohort), recipient of the National 2017 Association for Surgical Education (ASE) Clerkship Coordinator Recognition Award! 


Op-ed co-authored by ELPA alum Mark Paige argues for abolition of Department of Education.

Congratulations to Gwen Baxley & Julie Kallio, ELPA PhD students, were selected to participate in the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy, in San Antonio in April. Nearly 90 doctoral students from 7 countries were nominated with only the top-ranked proposals selected.


   58518efdd33ac_imageUW-MADISON Men's Hockey Coach Tony Granato finds inspiration as a student in ELPA coaching class taught by ELPA Professor
Peter Miller.              

  Each year the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals recognizes excellence in the field of LGBTQ student services. The 2017 Award for Outstanding Social Justice Practice was awarded to ELPA PhD student Sheltreese McCoy.  The Award for Outstanding Social Justice Practice recognizes a significant contribution to the growing body of social justice and intersectionality work in theory and practice. The award will be presented at the 2017 Creating Change Conference in Philadelphia, PA. 

Additionally, Sheltreese has been invited by the American College Personal Association (ACPA) Coalition for LGBTA to share her research on May 1, 2017 12pm. This will be on an online platform to be determined later. 


Mauriell Amechi was selected to receive one of the top international travel awards from the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding in the Graduate School.  





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