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UW-Madison’s Jackson, Hillman to receive major honors from ASHE

October 18, 2018

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) recently announced its annual award winners leading up to the organization’s 2018 conference, and two faculty members with UW-Madison’s School of Education are receiving significant recognition.

Jerlando Jackson is receiving the CEP Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship (Senior), while Nicholas Hillman will be recognized with the CPPHE Excellence in Public Policy in Higher Education (Individual) Award.

The 43rd annual ASHE Conference runs Nov. 15 to 17 at the Tampa, Florida, Marriott Waterside Hotel, with the awards ceremony taking place on Friday evening, Nov. 16.

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Jackson
Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Jackson also is a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

Jackson’s central research interest is organizational science in higher education, with a special interest in hiring practices, career mobility, workforce diversity and workplace discrimination. He also has a portfolio of research focused on interventions designed to broaden participation for underrepresented groups in the scientific workforce.

The purpose of the García Award for Exemplary Scholarship is to recognize a practitioner-scholar seminal, exemplary scholarship that focuses on research and issues specifically related to underrepresented populations of color. The CEP Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship is so named in honor of Dr. Mildred García, whose contributions as a leader and trailblazer in the field of higher education research continue to raise the bar for academicians and administrators, alike.

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Hillman
Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)

Much of Hillman’s research centers on the topic of educational equity and looking at ways to give more people a fair shot at both accessing, and succeeding in, college. Hillman inspects these issues through a financial lens, examining how states distribute their funds, including where they decide to locate colleges and universities. On the federal side, he also studies the funding of higher education, mainly as it relates to student loan and grant programs. In particular, some of Hillman’s work has examined performance-based funding, a model many states are using that rewards or penalizes colleges based in part on the numbers of students they graduate or retain from year to year. He also is currently researching the importance of geography for college opportunity and “education deserts” — communities across the country where there are few public alternatives nearby for place-bound students to enroll in college. 

The CPPHE Excellence in Public Policy in Higher Education Award is intended to recognize excellence in work at the nexus of academic scholarship and policy practice in the field of public policy and higher education.


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