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ERIC Number: ED530019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 45
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
The Distance from Public Institutions of Higher Education: Public Perceptions of UW-Madison. WISCAPE Working Paper
Walsh, Katherine Cramer
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (NJ1)
Public opinion matters for the administration of public higher education. Yet, we know little about how members of the public conceptualize these institutions in general, and UW-Madison in particular. This study investigates how Wisconsinites think about UWMadison through investigations of conversations regularly occurring among 36 groups sampled from 27 communities statewide. It reveals a pervasive sense of distance from UW-Madison that is part of a broader sense of disconnection from institutions of authority. The implication is that positive relationships between UW-Madison and the mass public will require innovative means of listening and relationship building. Appended are: (1) Descriptions of Groups Observed and Municipalities In Which They Met; and (2) Listening Investigations Protocol. (Contains 13 endnotes.)
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 326 Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1386. Tel: 608-265-6342; Fax: 608-262-4881; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin