Our Projects

Student-led, Participatory Action Research to Examine Higher Education Issues

Participatory Action Research (PAR) is a partnership approach to research involving academic researchers and community actors with the aim of gaining a more grounded understanding of a given phenomenon through shared, collaborative decision-making that positions community members as researchers rather than research subjects. CCWT conducts qualitative PAR projects with UW-Madison undergraduate students that focus on central issues in higher education. Because these issues directly impact students’ lives, their perspectives as researchers are particularly valuable.

Documenting the Aims of Higher Education in Wisconsin

Study 1: Documenting the aims of higher education in Wisconsin

The high costs of higher education and its benefits to students and to society are central issues in the legislative and public debate on the role of higher education in the state. Yet too often debates about higher education, and its ultimate purpose for students and the public, do not include the perspectives and experiences of community members from different walks of life.

In order to enrich and inform this debate, CCWT worked with a team of UW students to conduct interviews with Wisconsin residents to document and identify their views on the aims of higher education and subsequent implications for public policy. Documenting the Aims of Higher Education Report

Study 2: Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub

Hmoob Study Staff

Hmoob Study Staff

“Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub” is an ongoing qualitative research project conducted in partnership with a student organization at UW-Madison called the Hmong American Studies Committee (HASC) that examines the sociocultural and institutional factors impacting the college experiences of HMoob American students. The term “Paj Ntaub,” or story cloth, is a narrative pictographic representation in fabric of the experiences of the HMoob people, which often address their history during the U.S. wars in Southeast Asia and as refugees. We call our study “Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub” because this study presents the stories of the lives of HMoob American college students. The study uses interviews and observations with HMoob American college students as well as artifact data from around the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and classrooms to better understand the college experiences of HMoob American students through their voices and lived experiences. Check out our report Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub.

Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub one page brief (pdf).

Special Event

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