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UW's Conrad encourages scholars to engage in mainstream discourse

August 19, 2015

UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad urges education scholars to better engage with the public on important issues facing higher education.

He makes his comments in an article which appeared in a recent newsletter published by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

Clifton Conrad
Conrad
“Notwithstanding the quality and volume of research being generated by ASHE members and the establishment of higher education as a legitimate field of study within the academy, our voices and faces are often invisible on our campuses, in our local communities and state capitals, and in the mainstream discourse about the challenges facing higher education,” writes Conrad, a longstanding member of ASHE. “I think it is time for more of us to take the initiative to publicly advance our 'ideas' both for defining and addressing the escalating challenges and growing inequalities facing higher education and our rapidly changing society.”

Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is also an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

To read the full newsletter, click here.