The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) faculty and faculty affiliates include directors and senior scholars of several world-class policy research centers on the UW–Madison campus. Many doctoral students in policy are employed at one or more of these centers during their stay at the university. All of them work to develop and advance research projects that will improve educational experience for all students.
Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR)
The SSTAR lab believes that better academic research on financial aid can expand college access and student success in lasting ways. We do this by collaborating with practitioners to develop and implement research studies addressing their specific needs and capacity constraints.
WCER is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive education research centers in the world. A part of the UW–Madison's School of Education, WCER provides a productive environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research.
Wisconsin's Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB)
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.
Curious about the topics ELPA doctoral students study and the dissertations they’ve produced? View a list of dissertations completed by past students.
In this program, scholars visiting from abroad stay on the UW–Madison campus, working with faculty mentors to contribute to the intellectual life of the department. View more information and application procedures.