blog postsPeople with student loan debt oppose Obama’s tuition-free college plan, study findsJul 6, 2016 9:00 am872 views A recent analysis of online conversations about President Obama’s proposed plan for tuition-free community colleges, America’s College Promise, indicates that a significant number of people oppose the plan because it lacks measures to help them and the millions of other borrowers currently mired in student loan debt.Gender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study findsMar 27, 2018 12:30 pm869 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.A close look at Hillary Clinton's New College Compact proposalAug 27, 2015 11:45 am859 views A Minute With...™ Jennifer Delaney, expert on higher education financeWith online games, high school students learn how to rein in disease outbreaksJun 27, 2016 11:00 am853 views High school students investigate Ebola-like outbreaks and administer vaccines through Outbreak!, a new summer course at Illinois that uses online games to encourage critical thinking about fighting infectious diseases. Guaranteed-tuition laws inflating college costs, study findsAug 23, 2016 9:30 am840 views Guaranteed-tuition laws, touted by lawmakers as protecting college affordability and ensuring access to higher education for low-income students, have received failing grades from two University of Illinois experts in higher education finance.Will Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage?May 4, 2018 1:00 pm832 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.Relationship building among co-workers key driver of workplace socializationMay 20, 2010 9:00 am830 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.Study links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after collegeMay 18, 2016 9:45 am808 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.Education Justice Project receives $1 million Mellon grantOct 24, 2017 11:30 am792 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.Personal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s researchJan 21, 2016 10:30 am787 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.Digital technologies the focus of new College of Education programsNov 12, 2015 10:15 am755 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 am747 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 am739 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 Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm738 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 LyonsStudy: Many parents of children with disabilities don’t make care plansFeb 9, 2018 11:45 am732 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.New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am725 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.Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programmingApr 20, 2018 8:00 am714 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.Illinois design students create virtual reality scenarios for those soon to be released from prisonMay 22, 2018 8:00 am704 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.Only half of youths involved in problem behaviors graduate on timeJan 9, 2018 11:45 am703 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.What factors might explain children's poor performance on Illinois' new standardized tests?Oct 19, 2015 11:30 am694 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 am681 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.What parents can do to assure a successful school yearAug 27, 2015 9:45 am670 views A Minute With...™ Eva Pomerantz, expert on children's motivation in schoolTaboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offendedAug 10, 2017 8:30 am662 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.Boy-girl bullying in middle grades more common than previously thoughtDec 9, 2008 9:00 am648 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.Should Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates?Jun 10, 2015 12:00 pm640 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 am634 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.Self-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggestsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am629 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.Study explores the down side of being dubbed ‘class clown’May 1, 2018 12:45 pm616 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.New book explores the elements of effective decision-makingMar 3, 2017 9:45 am613 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 pm602 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.Study: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilitiesJul 3, 2018 11:15 am600 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.How would Hillary Clinton’s education plan affect college students and indebted borrowers?Aug 9, 2016 12:45 pm572 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.Are black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am566 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study saysNov 4, 2013 9:00 am562 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 pm529 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 pm510 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 am497 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. Pay-it-forward college financing policies examined in new studyOct 4, 2017 8:30 am441 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.Master Naturalists needed to preserve Illinois' environmentAug 11, 2015 1:00 pm440 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.Peer groups influence early adolescent bullying behaviorJan 21, 2003 9:00 am413 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.How might President Trump’s proposed education budget affect college access?Apr 12, 2017 9:45 am413 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-GallaherResearch questions belief that private schools are better than publicsApr 7, 2005 9:00 am412 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students do better in private schools, according to common wisdom - and some well-regarded data now more than two decades old.Expert on interventions for children with autism to give annual Goldstick LectureNov 9, 2015 12:45 pm407 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.Education 'experts' may lack expertise, study findsFeb 20, 2015 9:00 am403 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.Latinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screeningsMar 15, 2011 9:00 am402 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.Paper: Videos help medical students master physiology conceptsFeb 28, 2018 8:30 am401 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.Rote memorization of historical facts adds to collective cluelessnessFeb 12, 2009 9:00 am397 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.Brazilians with less education more likely to report being in poor health, study findsMay 16, 2018 8:45 am376 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.War, genocide 'difficult knowledge' to teach younger studentsSep 3, 2009 9:00 am362 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.Public schools as good as private schools in raising math scores, study saysMay 23, 2008 9:00 am361 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.