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Conrad’s ‘A Silent Success,’ translated and published by Peking University Press

April 16, 2016

A book co-authored by UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad was translated into Chinese and re-published by the Peking University Press.

The book, originally published in 1993, is titled, “A Silent Success: Master's Education in the United States.”

Conrad's publicationConrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and a faculty member in 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). The book is co-authored by Jennifer Grant Haworth and Susan Bolyard Millar.

Promotional materials for the original “A Silent Success” report: “Master's degrees have often been relegated to ‘second-class’ or ‘consolation prize’ status by administrators and faculty in higher education. But the first major study of master's education in more than 30 years recently made headlines by calling the degree the ‘silent success’ of American higher education. In a lead editorial about the study, the Washington Post agreed that the master's degree is ‘academia's secret weapon’ and an important ‘bridge to the rest of the world.’ In ‘A Silent Success,’ Clifton Conrad, Jennifer Grant Haworth, and Susan Bolyard Millar present the results of their ground-breaking study of master's education in the United States.”

The preview continues: “Basing their discussion on interviews with nearly 800 people in a variety of fields, the authors identify key decisions that shape master's experiences and develop a typology of master's programs. In doing so, they establish the surprising extent to which students, program alumni, faculty, and employers value master's education. They find widespread agreement about the positive outcomes of master's education: refined analytical skills, ‘big picture’ perspectives, connections between theory and practice, and improved communication and professional skills.”