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January 22, 2019

Matthew Wolfgram

Changes Needed to Help Refugees in Wisconsin Access Higher Education
A new study shows refugees who resettle in Wisconsin face a daunting array of barriers, both systemic and situational, in getting college degrees. But creative remedies could be developed, UW−Madison researchers say, to ease their path to higher education and then to better jobs. Full Article.

Read the research report on higher education for refugees in Wisconsin.

January 11, 2019

Matthew Hora

Matthew T. Hora, via the Center for Research on College-Work Transitions, recently received a $52,028 grant from the UW-Madison Fall Competition (WARF) to conduct our internship study at two HBCUs: Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and Benedict College in South Carolina. This translational project is ultimately aimed at partnering with these institutions to improve their internship programs.

The project will involve a mixed methods longitudinal study of students’ experiences with internship programs, barriers to access, and impacts of internships on their academic and workplace outcomes. We’ll also be interviewing faculty, career advisors, and local employers in order to identify strengths and weaknesses in local programming, with the ultimate goal of providing insights to improve institutional internship programs and access to them for all students.

Documenting the aims of higher education in Wisconsin

Friday, February 1, 2019, 12-1:30 pm
Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub

Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building Room 159
Lunch Provided

Join us for a presentation of findings from a student-led research project examining the experiences of HMoob American undergraduate students at UW-Madison.

The “Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub” research team is comprised of Lena Lee, Pangzoo Lee, Myxee Thao, Kia Vang, Odyssey Xiong, Pa Kou Xiong,

May 10, 2018
CCWT Announces the Winners of the 2017-18 Research Grants Competition

Daniel Ginsberg For: “Anthropology Undergraduates Plan for Life after College.”
Adrian H. Huerta & Cecilia Rios-Aguilar For: “A Mixed‐Methods Study of Latinx Community College Student‐Parents and Their Work‐Force Considerations.”

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Matthew Hora

March 4, 2018

CCWT's Founding Director, Dr. Matthew T. Hora, wrote a guest column for The Chronicle of Higher Education discussing the flaws with requiring internships during college. 

Documenting the aims of higher education in Wisconsin

January, 31 2018

UW Illumination Journal: Going the Distance
Discusses CCWT's Documenting the aims of higher education in Wisconsin project.

January 4, 2018

We’re hiring two graduate assistants and a researcher to work on our growing research program on college internships.

Graduate assistant position listing:

Researcher position listing:

UW Parkside

January 4, 2018

The Center for College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT) at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research is pleased to announce a $25,000 award from the University of Wisconsin System to conduct a mixed-methods study longitudinal of internship programs at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  This study will examine how college internships actually impact student outcomes such as college completion, employment status and wages upon graduation, and their vocational self-concept.  While internships and other forms of work-based learning are being increasingly promoted throughout the world as a way to improve the employability of college students and address workplace needs, relatively little robust empirical research exists on the relationship between internship programs and student success.  This study will include the analysis of online survey, student focus group, and educator and employer interview data to address these important questions.  In addition, the study will examine the impacts of college internships on students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students, and institutional experiences (both positive and negative) with hosting and implementing internship programs.  The study at UW-Parkside will be part of the first wave of research on internships conducted by CCWT, which will also examine the topic at a Wisconsin technical college and a historically black college in South Carolina.

November 29, 2017

With mentorship from CCWT researchers Bailey Smolarek and Matthew Wolfgram, a team of UW undergraduate students designed and conducted a research project titled, Documenting the Aims of Higher Education in Wisconsin, and presented their findings at the UW School of Education. The presentation discussed the history of the political polarization of higher education in the state and discussed findings from interviews conducted by the students which suggest that Wisconsinites have a more eclectic vision of the aims of higher education than the politically polarized policy debate tends to recognize. Learn more about this project from CCWT Research Brief #3.

See a video of the presentation on the Center’s YouTube channel.

June 26, 2017


Center Director Matthew Hora gave a keynote presentation at the 2nd Annual convening of the United Negro College Fund’s Career Pathway Initiatives on June 27, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Hora’s lecture focused on findings from research on the “skills gap” in Wisconsin, Texas, and China, and how research findings and a cultural capital framework can inform the design of initiatives focused on helping African-American college students acquire 21st century skills and find success in the challenging labor market.” Learn more about the UNCF-CPI program.

CCWT Inagural flyer

June 7, 2017

Center Director Matthew Hora recently went on a tour of the Pacific Northwest to give talks about “Beyond the Skills Gap,” a book published by Harvard Education Press in 2016. Based on research with Wisconsin employers and educators involved in biotechnology and advanced manufacturing, the book highlights the importance of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills, the cultural aspects of teaching and hiring, and suggestions for how policymakers and educators can better design systems to provide students with 21st century competencies. The book tour went to Portland State University, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Cascadia Community College, and Heritage University. For more information on the book see an interview with Inside Higher Education, and for information Dr. Hora’s speaking events see

CCWT Inagural flyer

May 22, 2017
Our inaugural event was held on Monday May 22, 2017, at the UW–Madison School of Education, Wisconsin Idea Room (Rm 159). Jim Morgan of the Management Association and Dr. Linda Nilson of Clemson University spoke on the topic “Why work ethic and self-regulated learning are essential skills for student success in work and life.”

Dr. Linda Nilson’s handout on self-regulated learning (PDF)