The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive university-based education research centers in the world. WCER is committed to improving educational outcomes for the nation’s diverse student population, positively impacting education practice, and fostering collaboration among disciplines and with practitioners.
Established in 1964 within the UW–Madison School of Education, WCER is home to more than 400 faculty, staff, and graduate students. The center receives more than $50 million annually from federal and state agencies and private foundations. Funders include the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, and many others. A growing segment of WCER funds are generated by the sale of research-based products and services through the Wisconsin Center for Education Products & Services (WCEPS).
Robert Mathieu, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Astronomy, has served as director of WCER since 2013. He is a national leader in the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate learning, and he has led a number of research projects at WCER. Currently, he leads the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, with $5.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation to continue work through July 2016.
Under Mathieu’s leadership, WCER researchers and staff continue to explore critical research subjects and their translation into positive impact on education practice and student learning. Today, WCER research includes the advancement of equitable outcomes and inclusion in education, learning sciences, education policy, school finance and human resource management, English language learning and assessment, STEM education, social studies and literacy, teacher professional development, and value-added modeling. Learn more about research projects at WCER.