Research Centers

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Research Centers


Faculty in and affiliated with the Department are directors, senior scholars, and researchers in several policy research centers on campus.  Many doctoral students are employed at one or more of these centers during their studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Since 2005, the Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences at the University of Wisconsin- Madison (ITP) has been helping to address the need for skilled researchers who can carry out research that will provide solid evidence about what programs will most benefit our nation’s students. As one of a network of 20 predoctoral training programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the ITP is preparing a new generation of outstanding education science scholars. By drawing on the talents and research interests of over 20 outstanding campus scholars and pairing academic, professional, and financial supports with field research opportunities and practical experience, ITP offers a select group of doctoral students in economics, political science, psychology, social welfare, sociology, educational leadership & policy analysis, educational policy studies, and educational psychology the opportunity to learn how to design, carry out, and translate research on educational processes and educational improvement.



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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


The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education was founded in 2001 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. It is housed in the School of Education.



WISCAPE envisions a Wisconsin where postsecondary education moves forward through an open exchange of ideas, the careful consideration of research, and a strong focus on the public good. Colleges and universities should play a vital role in this process by generating and sharing knowledge that has implications for the state’s postsecondary education issues.


To help forward this vision, WISCAPE promotes the creation and sharing of ideas for addressing Wisconsin’s postsecondary education challenges. To this end, the center’s primary pursuits are:

  • Connecting policymakers, practitioners, and researchers; and
  • Conducting, translating, disseminating, and collaborating on research.

What We Do

Some of the specific activities that WISCAPE uses to engage its audiences include:

  • Presenting research findings and implications
  • Producing and distributing publications
  • Hosting and co-sponsoring seminars and other events
  • Bringing together stakeholders through meetings and discussions
  • Serving as a resource for the news media


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The Center for Education and Work (CEW) is a research, technical assistance, and resource provider within the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Established in 1964, the Center has a rich tradition of assisting educators and career development practitioners with program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, professional development training, and career resources. 

Through its work, the Center seeks to enhance the quality of career-related learning and outcomes for all youth and adults, including those with disabilities or other factors that challenge performance and success. 



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