Media Mentions

Jerlando Jackson Cited as Calling New Brown Plan “Bold”

June 6, 2016

Dr. Jerlando Jackson quoted in Diverse Edcuation artilce "Brown University Making Bold Bid to Assure Diversity and Inclusion."

From Diverse Education:

Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, called the Brown plan “bold.”

“As someone who has assisted institutions with similar efforts, it appears that the key ingredients are in place to make a difference — key leadership commitment, diversity strategic plan, forthcoming assessment of the institution’s climate and dedicated resources to fund the institution’s transformation,” says Jackson.

“The nation should be watching with a careful eye, because if one of the nation’s best institutions by a host of metrics and one of the most well-resourced institutions who have taken a bold stance on inclusivity fails, what does that mean for other institutions that do not have any of those luxuries?”

Read the entire article here.

Wisconsin Stands Out For Preschool Access

May 20, 2016

Beth Graue comments on Wisconsin's #6 national ranking in access to free preschool programs for 4-year-olds.

From Wisconsin Public Radio:

Wisconsin ranks sixth in the country for access to free preschool programs for 4-year-olds, according to the annual State of Preschool report from the National Institute of Early Education Research.

The institute found 64 percent of Wisconsin 4-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded preschool in 2015, down from 66 percent in 2014, but still more than double the national average of 29 percent.

You can find the whole story here.

Jerlando Jackson Shares His Perspective on the Vote of No Confidence

May 20, 2016

UW System After Vote of No Confidence a ‘National Case Study,’ Jerlando Jackson Shares His Perspective

From the Madison Times:

Last week, we published an op-ed titled ‘Concerned, but Committed (At least for now): Why one UW professor says he is not jumping ship just yet,’ written by Professor Jerlando F. L. Jackson prior to the UW system vote-of-no-confidence. This week, we are presenting a follow-up interview with Dr. Jackson in response to the vote-of-no-confidence, to discuss the future of UW, and national public higher education. Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education in the department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis as well as the Founding Director and Chief Research Scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) in Wisconsin Center for Education Research, both in the School of Education at the UW-Madison.

Read the whole interview here.

Collaborative Classrooms off to a Strong Start

May 18, 2016

The WSB’s new classrooms transform the learning experience for business students. 

From the Spring 2016 WSB Update:

“I learned a lot from little questions or comments people at my table would ask as we worked on problems,” she says, adding that it was also easy to ask for help from the instructor. “I would love to take more classes this way.”

That’s a reaction that most students have, according to Mark Connolly, a researcher from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, who is analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from students and faculty to measure the rooms’ impact on student learning.

“The collaborative classrooms are off to a strong start,” he says. “The students and instructors are confident that the space is improving their learning experiences.”

Read the whole article here.

Wei LAB Director Joins the Discussion About Campus Challenges

May 2, 2016

In the wake of the turmoil at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education Jerlando F. L. Jackson shares his perspective and interpretation of the institution’s challenges. Faculty are planning a no-confidence vote against the Board of Regents and System President Ray Cross today. 

From Education Dive:

"I am in my 16th year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have navigated the professorial ranks as the first African American faculty member in my department and am proud to have founded the globally-recognized Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in the School of Education. Concurrently, I have come to understand and appreciate the institution’s history and campus culture through participation in key a number of key service opportunities on campus."

The full op-ed is available on Education Dive.

Knuth, Stephens’ Build an early foundation for algebra success in Phi Delta Kapan

March 10, 2016

"Build an early foundation for algebra success," by Eric KnuthAna Stephens, Maria Blanton and Angela Gardiner was published in the March edition of the Phi Delta Kappan.

Abstract from the Phi Delta Kappan: Research tells us that success in algebra is a factor in many other important student outcomes. Emerging research also suggests that students who are started on an algebra curriculum in the earlier grades may have greater success in the subject in secondary school. What’s needed is a consistent, algebra-infused mathematics curriculum all throughout the earlier grades. The authors outline three foundational principles for students to learn in the early grades, which can help them with the algebra they encounter in secondary school.

The full article is available on the Phi Delta Kappan.

Sara Goldrick-Rab: Community Colleges Should Consider Providing Food Pantries for Commuting Students

February 25, 2016

Sara Goldrick-Rab says community colleges should consider providing food pantries for commuting students who are hungry all year long (The Atlantic, Feb. 24, 2016) 

From The Atlantic:

How Low-Income Students Are Fitting In at Elite Colleges

People from the richest quarter of the population outnumber those from the poorest quarter by almost 25 to one at the nation’s most selective institutions.

In recent years, college campuses have been rocked by black students protesting racial bigotry, and women’s groups denouncing sexual harassment. But in the age of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump’s class-based politics, we’re beginning to see something new: the rise of low-income and working-class students protesting longstanding inequalities on campus that in the previous decades were mostly ignored.

The new movement took center stage this past weekend as the Harvard College First-Generation Student Union hosted a conference of 350 students and administrators, mostly from Ivy League institutions, that called for boosting the presence of disadvantaged students on elite campuses and reducing their alienation.

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MSAN Chapter Creates Program Aimed to Increase AP Class Enrollment

February 23, 2016

Harrisonburg, VA's MSAN chapter created "Streaks Serving Streaks," a tutoring program for students struggling academically or in need of additional assistance. (Harrisonburg City Schools)

Sara Goldrick-Rab Says Poor Students Often Dip into Student Loans to Cover the Rising Cost Living

February 23, 2016

Sara Goldrick-Rab says poor students often dip into their student loans just to cover the rising cost of living (Wall Street Journal, Feb. 19, 2016) Subscription required

Matt Hora says UW–Madison Board of Regents Should Be Held Accountable To Do Their Job

February 19, 2016

Matt Hora says the UW–Madison Board of Regents should hold themselves accountable for their decisions and public statements regarding policies that affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of students, staff and faculty, (Capital Times, Feb. 18, 2016)

Eric Knuth and Others Find Middle School Students Still Struggle to Understand the Equal Sign

February 19, 2016

Eric Knuth and others find middle school students still struggle to understand the equals sign (Education Week, Feb. 17, 2016) 

Mark Connolly: Overworked, Underpaid TAs Can Be Detrimental to Class Quality

February 16, 2016

Mark Connolly, Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Longitudinal Study of Future STEM Scholars, quoted in the GW Hatchet

Mentoring beyond borders

December 18, 2015

Chris Pfund talks about supplementing traditional mentoring with career coaching for graduate students (AAAS Science, 18 Dec.)

Critics say WI going backward on achievement gap

December 17, 2015

State Sen. Luther Olsen cites WCER project reports about the importance of high quality professional development and the state’s SAGE program (, 17 Dec.)

Some students thrive despite nation’s worst statewide racial achievement gap

December 16, 2015

Bradley Carl says he has yet to find any program “that has moved the needle on (the achievement gap)” in a big way (, 16 Dec.)