UW–Madison’s Xueli Wang is receiving the 2021 Outstanding Publication Award from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Division J (Postsecondary Education) for her groundbreaking work, “On My Own: The Challenge and Promise of Building Equitable STEM Transfer Pathways.”
Released in April 2020, this book examines ways to improve the higher education landscape in an effort to help college students find their path to a better life.
Wang is the Barbara and Glenn Thompson Professor in Educational Leadership with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her research emphasizes issues of equity in the transfer process among students who start out at two-year colleges with an eye on transferring to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree, particularly in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) field.
Writes the AERA Division J Publication and Research Award Committee: “Dr. Wang’s mixed method longitudinal study uses a growth mindset to more holistically understand the experiences of first generation, low-income and under-represented students who attempt transfer from colleges into four-year institutions. Her work offers new insights and strategies as we strive for equity across higher education.”
Wang has received two other major honors for this important work: The 2020 ASHE Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) Barbara Townsend Lecture Award; and the 2021 Transfer Champion-Catalyst Award from the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS).