Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, October 25, 2013

Creation of Kazakhstan university to be discussed


John Witte

La Follette School political scientist John Witte will discuss his experience as dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, in a policy conversation on Tuesday, October 29, at noon in the at the La Follette School conference room.

His talked is titled "Building a University in Kazakhstan: American vs. European Models."

Witte took the position after he retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Starting in 2010, he and other UW colleagues helped design the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the university. His talk reflects on his year as dean and specifically on the clash between American and European (and British) models of higher education.

Witte's research has focused on tax policy, politics and education, including school choice, vouchers and charter schools. His recent work, supported by the U.S. Department of Education and the Spencer Foundation, examined charter schools. Through 2012 he was principal investigator for a research team studying the longitudinal effects of the Milwaukee Parental Voucher Program

La Follette School seminars and policy conversations are on Tuesdays at noon in the school conference room. Upcoming events, all featuring La Follette School faculty members, include:

November 12. Policy Conversation: Dennis Dresang, "Wisconsin and Federalism."

December 3. Policy Conversation: Jason Fletcher, "How Can Social Networks Affect Policy Impacts?"

December 10. Policy Conservation: Bob Haveman, "The U.S. Labor Market is a Mess: How Did it Get that Way and Is There a Way Out?"