blog postsStudy links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after collegeMay 18, 2016 9:45 am789 views People who had outstanding balances on their student loans when they graduated or dropped out of college had lower net worth, fewer financial and nonfinancial assets, and homes with lower market values when they reached age 30, according to a paper by University of Illinois social work professor Min Zhan.Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, study findsApr 18, 2013 9:00 am776 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence.Personal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s researchJan 21, 2016 10:30 am774 views Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, a doctoral student in child development at Illinois, is the author of a recent study that explored the risk and protective factors associated with young people who resist gang recruitment. Raised in low-income areas of inner-city Chicago notorious for gang violence, Merrin has personal experience with the environmental factors that push and pull youths into gang affiliation.Education Justice Project receives $1 million Mellon grantOct 24, 2017 11:30 am754 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.Digital technologies the focus of new College of Education programsNov 12, 2015 10:15 am753 views New degree programs in the College of Education will focus on the research and design of digital learning and teaching technologies and their applications across a range of disciplines. The college is rolling out its first major for students not aspiring to become licensed teachers, an emerging trend in education colleges.Website promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am746 views The Egyptian protesters of the Arab Spring had numbers, excitement and social media, but they could not make democracy happen. Linda Herrera thinks one reason is that they did not know how. She’s hoping to help change that with a new educational website in five languages, featuring two prominent peace activists: Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi.Does tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education?Nov 28, 2017 8:45 am725 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 New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am710 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.Only half of youths involved in problem behaviors graduate on timeJan 9, 2018 11:45 am680 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.Relationship building among co-workers key driver of workplace socializationMay 20, 2010 9:00 am672 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A sink-or-swim mentality for socializing new employees will ultimately only drain organizations of their best talent over time, according to new research by a University of Illinois expert in workplace dynamics.Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm667 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 LyonsWhat parents can do to assure a successful school yearAug 27, 2015 9:45 am661 views A Minute With...™ Eva Pomerantz, expert on children's motivation in schoolWhat factors might explain children's poor performance on Illinois' new standardized tests?Oct 19, 2015 11:30 am657 views Sarah McCarthey, director of teacher education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, discusses the preliminary results of Illinois' standardized test scores for the state's schoolchildren.Study: Mothers raising children with autism prone to depression, stressMay 5, 2014 9:00 am656 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mothers of young children with autism spectrum disorders experience significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms and stress than mothers of typically developing children, a study by researchers at the University of Illinois suggests.Should Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates?Jun 10, 2015 12:00 pm639 views A Minute With...™ Rebecca Ginsburg, director of Illinois' Education Justice ProjectWill free SATs improve higher-education equity in Illinois?Aug 5, 2016 10:45 am632 views The state superintendent of education said providing the SAT for free would promote equity in higher education. Education professor Eboni Zamani-Gallaher isn't so sure.Study: Many parents of children with disabilities don’t make care plansFeb 9, 2018 11:45 am630 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.Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offendedAug 10, 2017 8:30 am603 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.New book explores the elements of effective decision-makingMar 3, 2017 9:45 am597 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.New book examines role of children’s writing in creating their childhoodsMay 2, 2016 1:30 pm595 views The experiences of eight children from around the world as they learned written language, and the ways in which these students used composition to confront social, societal and pedagogical barriers, are explored in a new book by a University of Illinois scholar.Self-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggestsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am569 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students with cognitive and learning disabilities who engaged in a self-directed learning program were more likely to access mainstream instruction and achieve their academic or other goals, suggests research by Karrie A. Shogren, a special education expert at the University of Illinois.Boy-girl bullying in middle grades more common than previously thoughtDec 9, 2008 9:00 am569 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Much more cross-gender bullying - specifically, unpopular boys harassing popular girls - occurs in later elementary school grades than previously thought, meaning educators should take reports of harassment from popular girls seriously, according to new research by a University of Illinois professor who studies child development.How would Hillary Clinton’s education plan affect college students and indebted borrowers?Aug 9, 2016 12:45 pm567 views Spiraling tuition rates at U.S. colleges and universities, and mounting concern about student loan debt, have made college affordability a key policy objective for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study saysNov 4, 2013 9:00 am521 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research from the University of Illinois indicates that elementary school students and their teachers often don't agree on who bullies whom in their classrooms. And researchers say that intervention and prevention programs need to both heighten teachers' awareness of bullying and provide support for victims that mitigate its impact on their academic achievement.Is entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries?Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm515 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 planSchool violence prevention project to focus on mobile apps, peer dynamicsNov 6, 2015 2:00 pm491 views In a project funded by the National Institute of Justice, experts on youth violence, bullying and school climate issues in Illinois and Oregon are teaming up to develop a comprehensive school safety intervention that will use mobile apps and high school youths as key change agents in preventing school violence.Illinois information sciences professor edits book about trigger warningsJul 21, 2017 8:00 am490 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. How former slaves established schools and educated their population after the Civil WarFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am483 views A Minute With™... Christopher Span, a professor of educational policy studiesMaster Naturalists needed to preserve Illinois' environmentAug 11, 2015 1:00 pm433 views Adults who have a passion for the outdoors – and are interested in sharing that with others – are needed statewide as volunteers in the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program.Are black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am415 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.Pay-it-forward college financing policies examined in new studyOct 4, 2017 8:30 am411 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.Expert on interventions for children with autism to give annual Goldstick LectureNov 9, 2015 12:45 pm406 views Brian A. Boyd, an expert on autism spectrum and related developmental disorders, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois.How might President Trump’s proposed education budget affect college access?Apr 12, 2017 9:45 am404 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-GallaherLatinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screeningsMar 15, 2011 9:00 am385 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One of the tests used in diagnosing prostate cancer is so stigmatized within Latino culture that men may be risking their lives to avoid it, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. Complex cultural and gender beliefs about manliness and sexuality that discourage Latino men from seeking health care - and stigmatize the digital rectal exam as emasculating - could explain why some men don't seek care until the cancer has progressed, diminishing their chances for recovery.Peer groups influence early adolescent bullying behaviorJan 21, 2003 9:00 am384 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Peer-group influence on adolescents is well established, especially regarding drugs and alcohol. New research indicates it also extends to bullying behavior.Research questions belief that private schools are better than publicsApr 7, 2005 9:00 am384 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students do better in private schools, according to common wisdom - and some well-regarded data now more than two decades old.Education 'experts' may lack expertise, study findsFeb 20, 2015 9:00 am378 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The people most often cited as "education experts" in blogs and news stories may have the backing of influential organizations - but have little background in education and education policy, a new study suggests.Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programmingApr 20, 2018 8:00 am371 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.Rote memorization of historical facts adds to collective cluelessnessFeb 12, 2009 9:00 am366 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As fans of talk-show host Jay Leno's man-on-the-street interviews know, Americans suffer from a national epidemic of historical and civic ignorance. But just because most Americans know more about "American Idol" than they do about American government doesn't necessarily mean it's entirely their fault.Paper: Videos help medical students master physiology conceptsFeb 28, 2018 8:30 am355 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.Public schools as good as private schools in raising math scores, study saysMay 23, 2008 9:00 am338 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students in public schools learn as much or more math between kindergarten and fifth grade as similar students in private schools, according to a new University of Illinois study of multi-year, longitudinal data on nearly 10,000 students.Expert on parent-delivered language interventions to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 24, 2016 10:45 am331 views Leonard Abbeduto, an expert on language development in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois.Support program helps children with mental health issues succeed at schoolDec 11, 2015 9:45 am327 views A Minute With...™ Kate Wegmann, professor social workWar, genocide 'difficult knowledge' to teach younger studentsSep 3, 2009 9:00 am325 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Whether they're found in a museum or a textbook, historical narratives about traumatic events such as war and genocide are better left to older students, who have typically developed a more refined historical consciousness, says a University of Illinois professor who studies and teaches historical instruction.Advocacy program giving Illinois youths real-life civics lessonsMay 18, 2016 9:30 am319 views A curriculum that has involved hundreds of Illinois youths in advocating for policy changes in their communities also could help schools fulfill a new state mandate that makes civics education a requirement for high school graduation.Leisure activities stressful for working adults with disabilities, study findsMay 19, 2014 9:00 am298 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While leisure activities are essential to physical and emotional well-being and quality of life - they also can be very stressful for people with disabilities, a new study suggests.Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be July 17-18Jun 28, 2017 11:15 am297 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.Illinois researchers develop social sensing game to detect classroom bulliesNov 3, 2014 9:00 am294 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A social computer game designed by researchers in computer science and educational psychology at the University of Illinois can identify bullies in elementary school classrooms and help scholars better understand peer aggression, whether it occurs face to face or online.Youth Literature Festival authors, artists to visit 90 Illinois schoolsOct 17, 2016 10:30 am280 views About 90 local schools will welcome award-winning authors and book illustrators as part of the University of Illinois’ 2016 Youth Literature Festival.U.S. hotels need to better understand Chinese travelers' culture, goals, study saysSep 19, 2014 9:00 am273 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - China's rapidly growing middle class is expected to be a boon for the travel industry, in both China and the U.S. in coming years.