UW-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis ACADEMICS

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Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
School of Education
UW-Madison
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MadisonWI  53706-1326

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Email: elpa@education.wisc.edu
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Remember that our nation’s first great leaders were also our first great scholars. —John F. Kennedy

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS - There are three unique program strands.  

Content areas within these strands include organizational theory, politics of education, legal aspects of administration, economics and financing of education, educational planning and program evaluation, supervision of instruction, higher education, vocational-technical education, special education, pupil personnel services, community education, and education policy.

K12 Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis offers degrees in K-12 Leadership at the Master's and Doctoral levels.

Recent graduates of the program are faculty members, district and school administrators. 

Higher Education

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis offers degrees with a focus on Higher Education Leadership at the Master's and Doctoral levels. 

The Department's focus is to develop a knowledge base that includes an understanding of the institutional context of higher education, academic leadership, culture and governance, and student services administration. Program faculty have expertise in a variety of institutional types and educational contexts, including research universities, historically black colleges and universities, community colleges, vocational technical colleges, adult learning in non-traditional settings (see notes on bottom of page), and the view that education should be approached as a K-16 system. Students receive a strong foundation in research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), and an understanding of the institutional dynamics and policy context of post-secondary education.

Recent graduates of the program are faculty members at research universities, researchers in research centers and consulting firms, University administrators and University presidents. Graduates are also student service coordinators, academic advisors and other leaders in the field higher, postsecondary and continuing education. 

Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation

The difference between the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and the Department of Educational Policy Studies. ​

The University of Wisconsin-Madison provides a rich academic environment for graduate study in Educational Policy and Policy Analysis, with offerings for a graduate major related to education and policy analysis in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy AnalysisThe Department of Educational Policy Studies and The LaFollette School of Public Affairs. Students interested in the study of policy analysis in general, or of the analysis of non-educational issues, should consider the offerings of the LaFollette School of Public Affairs

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis offers degrees in Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation at the Master's and Doctoral levels with an emphasis on conducting educational policy research and analysis with a goal of advancing the achievement of all students through effective policy design, development, implementation and evaluation of educational policies and programs. Students develop a knowledge base that includes a strong foundation in research methods (both quantitative and qualitative), and an ability to conduct sophisticated educational policy research and analysis grounded in understandings of the educational policy and governance system in the U.S. and the issues and challenges facing educational leaders embedded in school, university, community/technical college, or adult learning contexts. 

Recent graduates of the program are faculty members at research universities, researchers in research centers and consulting firms, policy analysts for non-profit organizations, University administrators, a University President, and policy analysts at the federal and state levels.


Programs

Research Centers

Department faculty and faculty affiliates include directors and senior scholars of several policy research centers on campus. Many doctoral students in policy are employed at one or more of these centers during their stay at the University.

The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education: The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) is a relatively new center on campus designed to engage key stakeholders – researchers, faculty members, university staff, senior administrators, and community and government leaders – in an ongoing dialogue about postsecondary education. This exchange enhances the understanding of postsecondary education and its role in improving our society and our lives. WISCAPE engages key audiences through three broadly defined themes: financing postsecondary education, managing and leading the entrepreneurial university, and expanding the boundaries of postsecondary education. Students participate in WISCAPE through attendance and participation in conferences and forums, and by participating in a research circle, which brings together doctoral students around campus with research interest in postsecondary education issues.

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research: The Wisconsin Center for Education Research is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive education research centers in the world. A part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Education, WCER provides a productive environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research. Examples of research conducted by other faculty with an interest in educational policy issues include research on math and science education reform at the K-12 and post-secondary education levels, research on assessment and standards-based reform, and research on child care policy.

Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory:  Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei Lab) is an externally-funded research lab housed within the world-renowned Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER).  The Wei Lab is dedicated to design, conduct, and disseminate research that informs policymakers, practitioners, and concerned citizens on how to best promote equitable and inclusive learning and work environments in education in general, and higher education in particular.  The Lab's research agenda and priorities seek to engage the most difficult and important equity and inclusion topics confronting the education system.  

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