blog posts Why do so few community college grads transfer to elite colleges? Mar 18, 2019 1:00 pm1062 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses why so few community college students transfer to selective colleges and universities. Study: Gestures help students learn new words in different languages Jan 29, 2019 11:30 am2085 views Students' comprehension of words in a foreign language improves if teachers pair each word with a gesture – even if the gesture is arbitrary and does not represent a word’s actual meaning, researchers at the University of Illinois found. Environmental greenness may not improve student test scores, study finds Jan 4, 2019 8:30 am1444 views Researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service suggest in a new study that environmental greenness may not be associated with higher test scores in schoolchildren after all. For community college students, ‘nudge-induced borrowing’ increases achievement Nov 12, 2018 9:15 am935 views When student loan amounts were printed in community college financial aid award letters, it led to better academic results and, in the following year, an increase in transfers to four-year colleges, says new research from Ben Marx, a professor of economics at Illinois. How is higher education making college degrees more attainable? Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am1670 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses initiatives that are making college degrees attainable for more students. College tours for Chinese teens a rapidly growing market for tourist industry Aug 24, 2018 12:15 pm930 views Many teens in China are embarking on study tours of U.S. colleges, creating a potentially lucrative market sector for universities, college towns and tourism-related businesses in the Midwest, a new study found. Founder of musical theater troupe for people with disabilities to give Goldstick Lecture Aug 20, 2018 11:45 am286 views Krista Wilkinson, the founder of a musical theater troupe for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois on Sept. 13. Study: Student loans hamper wealth accumulation among black, Hispanic adults Jul 30, 2018 12:00 pm804 views Black and Hispanic adults who graduate college with student loan debt have significantly lower net worth at age 30 than students who don't borrow to pay for college, according to a new study led by University of Illinois scholar Min Zhan. Study: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilities Jul 3, 2018 11:15 am1624 views Although the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law nearly 30 years ago, a survey of child care providers in Illinois indicates little has changed with regard to the inclusion of children with disabilities in child care settings. Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of students Jul 3, 2018 10:00 am15072 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each. Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be June 26-27 Jun 4, 2018 1:30 pm421 views Two Chicago educators who recently received Golden Apple Awards for their innovative teaching practices will be the keynote speakers at the 2018 Beginning Teacher Conference at the University of Illinois. Illinois design students create virtual reality scenarios for those soon to be released from prison May 22, 2018 8:00 am1115 views University of Illinois design students created immersive reality scenarios to help people who are soon to be released from prison learn how to meet certain challenges. Conference to explore impact of erratic state funding on higher education May 21, 2018 12:45 pm365 views The impact of unpredictable state funding on students and postsecondary institutions will be the focus of an upcoming conference at the University of Illinois. New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cells May 21, 2018 8:00 am1319 views University of Illinois researchers say they now know how to track and map drug and gene delivery vehicles to evaluate which are most effective at infiltrating cells and getting to their targets, insight that could guide development of new pharmaceutical agents. The researchers described their tracking system and their findings on the most effective delivery vehicles in the journal Nature Communications. Brazilians with less education more likely to report being in poor health, study finds May 16, 2018 8:45 am913 views Brazilians with less education are more likely to self-report as being in poor health, according to a study using data from nationwide surveys distributed every five years from 1998 to 2013. The study also found that general subjective health did not improve over the study period, even though more people gained education throughout the study, indicating that other factors associated with poor education may need to be addressed to improve self-perceptions of health. Susan Burton, advocate for women re-entering society after prison, to speak at event May 10, 2018 9:30 am557 views Susan Burton, a nationally recognized advocate for restoring civil and human rights to formerly incarcerated women, will discuss her new book and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event Tuesday, May 15, in Champaign. Will Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage? May 4, 2018 1:00 pm2791 views Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, discusses whether new legislation in Illinois will remedy the state's shortage of teachers. Study explores the down side of being dubbed ‘class clown’ May 1, 2018 12:45 pm3097 views By the time boys who are dubbed class clowns reach third grade, they plummet to the bottom of the social circle -- and view themselves as social failures -- as classmates’ disapproval of their behavior grows, a new study found. Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needs Apr 23, 2018 12:30 pm1591 views The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems as high school freshmen, a new study found. Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programming Apr 20, 2018 8:00 am1105 views Laser light shows are no longer just the stage dressing for rock concerts. They’re also a fun way for local middle school students to learn the fundamentals of mathematics from educators and scientists at the University of Illinois. Professor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbullies Apr 3, 2018 10:00 am2381 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that. Gender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study finds Mar 27, 2018 12:30 pm2282 views Gender differences in vocational interests increase drastically during puberty but tend to decrease across the lifespan, researchers at the University of Illinois found in a new study. Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power? Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1508 views News reports, social media campaigns such as #MeToo are raising awareness of sexual misconduct and helping survivors find their voices, says educational psychologist Anita Hund Paper: Videos help medical students master physiology concepts Feb 28, 2018 8:30 am707 views Researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Carle Illinois College of Medicine have found that creating short videos that explain information presented during physiology lectures makes teaching easier for medical educators and learning easier for their students. Study links responsible behavior in high school to life success 50 years later Feb 26, 2018 8:15 am4308 views A new study links doing one’s homework, being interested and behaving responsibly in high school to better academic and career success as many as 50 years later. This effect, reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, holds true even after accounting for parental income, IQ and other factors known to influence achievement, researchers report. Study: Many parents of children with disabilities don’t make care plans Feb 9, 2018 11:45 am2067 views Fewer than half of parents of children with disabilities make long-term care plans to ensure their child's needs are met if the parent dies or can no longer care for the child, University of Illinois special education professor Meghan Burke found. Key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundance Jan 18, 2018 2:00 pm10275 views Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts -- an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, suggests a new study led by a researcher at the University of Illinois. Lessons in nature boost classroom engagement afterward, researchers report Jan 17, 2018 10:30 am2887 views Third-graders who spend a class session in a natural outdoor setting are more engaged and less distracted in their regular classroom afterward than when they remain indoors, scientists found in a new study. Only half of youths involved in problem behaviors graduate on time Jan 9, 2018 11:45 am804 views Children who experience high rates of bullying, fighting or absenteeism during seventh grade are at significantly greater risk of not graduating high school on time, a new University of Illinois study suggests. Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans? Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm932 views Even though several states have these regulations on the books, they’re really a last resort for collecting student loan debt, says Professor Angela Lyons Does tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education? Nov 28, 2017 8:45 am824 views Higher education finance expert Jennifer Delaney talks about the possible ramifications for college students and their families of tax reform proposals being considered by the U.S. Senate Education Justice Project receives $1 million Mellon grant Oct 24, 2017 11:30 am1033 views The Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois is expanding its academic programs for men in prison with the support of a three-year, $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Expert on pre-language communication to give annual Goldstick Lecture Oct 12, 2017 8:00 am282 views Nancy C. Brady, an expert on pre-language communication and language development in young children, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois. Pay-it-forward college financing policies examined in new study Oct 4, 2017 8:30 am785 views Pay-it-forward college financing programs that enable students to pay tuition upon departure rather than entry may make college more accessible to greater numbers of students in the U.S., a new analysis suggests. Is affirmative action in college admissions under threat? Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am2281 views An Illinois expert on affirmative action in higher education talks about the Justice Department’s plans to investigate possible racial discrimination in college and university admissions policies Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offended Aug 10, 2017 8:30 am1413 views A new paper by University of Illinois scholars suggests that the physiological and psychological effects of profanity and other taboo words on people who read or hear them may be due largely – but not entirely – to the context and individual audience members’ likelihood of being offended. Culture’s influence on testing, evaluation to be focus of conference Jul 25, 2017 2:30 pm162 views Culture’s pivotal role in effective educational and social assessments – and how related research findings can spark social change – will be the focus of an international conference in Chicago this fall. Illinois information sciences professor edits book about trigger warnings Jul 21, 2017 8:00 am617 views Emily Knox, a professor in the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, is the editor of a book that looks at the controversial topic of the use of trigger warnings in the classroom. Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be July 17-18 Jun 28, 2017 11:15 am332 views Teachers who have just completed their first year in the classroom are invited to attend the annual Beginning Teacher Conference on July 17-18 at the University of Illinois. Anderson named College of Education dean Jun 7, 2017 9:45 am2006 views James D. Anderson, the interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will become the dean effective Aug. 16. Computer-generated doctor explains test results to patients May 8, 2017 8:00 am426 views A computer-generated physician, now under development at the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute, explains diabetes and cholesterol test results to would-be patients in videos designed for viewing on electronic medical record portals. Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement award Apr 24, 2017 2:00 pm2262 views College of education faculty member Hua-Hua Chang will receive 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program at the AERA Awards Luncheon on April 29. The luncheon will take place during the AERA’s annual meeting, April 27-May 1 in San Antonio. How might President Trump’s proposed education budget affect college access? Apr 12, 2017 9:45 am476 views The proposed federal budget would continue to shift college access, affordability further beyond the reach of low-income, working-class students, says Professor Eboni Zamani-Gallaher New book explores the elements of effective decision-making Mar 3, 2017 9:45 am660 views The willingness and courage to make decisions is what distinguishes leaders from other people, according to U. of I. education professor Mary Herrmann, the author of a new book that examines the processes and skills that support effective decision-making. Is entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries? Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm684 views A U.N. report calls for empowerment of young adults in Arab countries through education reforms that better prepare them for employment. An Illinois social anthropologist takes issue with the plan Annual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22 Feb 13, 2017 9:45 am315 views Helping early career teachers improve their instructional practices while fostering skills and relationships that promote professional development are the foci of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative’s upcoming Induction and Mentoring Conference. What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities? Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1738 views Special education professor James Shriner on a case recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the educational benefits that public schools are required to provide to students with disabilities. New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012 Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am908 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois labor professors Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno chronicles the seven-day strike by the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012. Sexual harassment common among middle school children, study finds Dec 9, 2016 9:00 am3006 views Sexual harassment is a prevalent form of victimization that most antibullying programs ignore and teachers and school officials often fail to recognize, according to a new five-year study by researchers at the University of Illinois. How could public education change under the Trump administration? Dec 2, 2016 10:00 am946 views Sarah Lubienski, a professor of curriculum and instruction at Illinois, spoke recently about the possible future of public schools under the Trump administration.