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     Sandra Kiddoo       


Ben Konruff is a PhD student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program at UW-Madison.  With a two-year College career that began in 2011, Ben has worked in an institutional research role predominately in identifying strategies to support student success through the use of business intelligence techniques.  His research interests preside in the two-year College sector with an emphasis in early academic experiences, high school student perceptions of two-year Colleges, and succession planning strategies to prepare future College leaders. Ben holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Economics from UW-Oshkosh.

   Benjamin Konruff    


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        Viola Miller        


Brett Ranon Nachman is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison. As a graduate student researcher and Fairbrother Fellow, Brett's research predominantly focuses on analyzing issues in the two-year college sector, such as in community colleges. He is interested in studying underrepresented students in higher education, including those on the autism spectrum, and in determining how two-year colleges can best serve such unique student populations. Brett has years of student leadership experience, having presided over five organizations in his undergrad, and he has also served on The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's national Council of Students. At UW-Madison he participates on various institutional committees, serves on the ELPA LEADS executive board, and is a student vice president for its Phi Kappa Phi chapter. Some of his additional professional experiences include editing, writing, public speaking and tutoring. Brett received his B.A. in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University and his A.A. in journalism from Scottsdale Community College. He can be reached via email (bnachman@wisc.edu) or via Twitter (@bnachmanreports).

     Brett Nachman     



      Nicole Soulier      


Ning Sun is a doctoral student in the Higher, Postsecondary, and Continuing Education strand. Her research centers around teaching and learning at the 2-year college level, as well as students’ participation and success in STEM fields of study. Ning holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Northeast Normal University.

         Ning Sun        



I currently work as the teaching assistant for ELPA’s Global Higher Education Master’s Degree Program and would like to pursue research in international higher education. I am also involved with Dr. Xueli Wang’s STEM Transfer Project, researching community college students’ transfer into STEM fields of study. I hold an MS in Global Higher Education and a BA in Interpersonal Communications from UW-La Crosse. Prior to coming to UW-Madison I worked as a paraprofessional in a 4K classroom, conducted international student services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and served for seven years as an assistant high school tennis coach in La Crosse, Wis.

     Britney Wagner    



Kelly Wickersham is a PhD student in the Higher, Postsecondary, and Continuing Education strand, and pursues research that centers on the complexity of community college student pathways through higher education, including students’ related decision-making and subsequent success. She has prior experience working in the area of international higher education. Kelly holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and a bachelor’s degree in French and Italian, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

   ​Kelly Wickersham   



          ​Hui Wu                 

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