Research & Outreach Units

UW Crest with PLACE in block letters  Professional Development and Community Education (PLACE)

The office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE) ensures that the knowledge fostered within the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has global impact. Using the expertise of faculty, staff, and community stakeholders, PLACE supports and develops professional and community learning programs in education, the arts and health. By building meaningful relationships with individuals invested in lifelong learning, PLACE represents the Wisconsin Idea in action.

Morgridge Center logo The Morgridge Center for Public Service, founded in 1996 with generous support from John and Tashia Morgridge, promotes citizenship and learning through service within local, national and global communities through various programs, services and resources.
wiscape logo Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) was founded in 2001 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. It is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in the School of Education.  WISCAPE supports and disseminates the research of faculty and students in ELPA's Higher, Postsecondary, and Continuing Education (HPCE) program and supports the HPCE master’s and doctoral programs.
WCER logo The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) was founded in 1964. It is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive education research centers in the world. WCER's current research includes the advancement of equitable outcomes and inclusion in education, learning sciences, education policy, school finance and human resource management, English language learning and assessment, STEM education, social studies and literacy, teacher professional development, value-added modeling, and more.