blog postsStudy: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm1012 views When academics choose to litigate speech disputes with colleges and universities, they end up losing nearly three-quarters of the time – a finding that points to the growing tension between academic freedom and campus speech codes, says U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy.Study explores the down side of being dubbed ‘class clown’May 1, 2018 12:45 pm997 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: Many parents of children with disabilities don’t make care plansFeb 9, 2018 11:45 am987 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.Gender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study findsMar 27, 2018 12:30 pm958 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.Changes to student financial aid policy created “flawed,” debt-based systemMay 31, 2016 9:15 am945 views A series of modifications to federal student financial aid policy have eroded perceptions of higher education as a public good in the U.S., creating a “flawed” financial aid system that promotes both personal debt and tuition increases, suggests a new study by University of Illinois scholars Daniel A. Collier and Richard Herman.Study: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilitiesJul 3, 2018 11:15 am926 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.Guaranteed-tuition laws inflating college costs, study findsAug 23, 2016 9:30 am911 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.How could public education change under the Trump administration?Dec 2, 2016 10:00 am910 views Sarah Lubienski, a professor of curriculum and instruction at Illinois, spoke recently about the possible future of public schools under the Trump administration.With online games, high school students learn how to rein in disease outbreaksJun 27, 2016 11:00 am895 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. People with student loan debt oppose Obama’s tuition-free college plan, study findsJul 6, 2016 9:00 am891 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.Education Justice Project receives $1 million Mellon grantOct 24, 2017 11:30 am891 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.Environmental greenness may not improve student test scores, study findsJan 4, 2019 8:30 am882 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.A close look at Hillary Clinton's New College Compact proposalAug 27, 2015 11:45 am860 views A Minute With...™ Jennifer Delaney, expert on higher education financeTaboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offendedAug 10, 2017 8:30 am848 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.Are black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am845 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.Boy-girl bullying in middle grades more common than previously thoughtDec 9, 2008 9:00 am835 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.Study links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after collegeMay 18, 2016 9:45 am826 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.Illinois design students create virtual reality scenarios for those soon to be released from prisonMay 22, 2018 8:00 am824 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.Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programmingApr 20, 2018 8:00 am821 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.Personal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s researchJan 21, 2016 10:30 am820 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.Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm813 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 LyonsSelf-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggestsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am771 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.Does tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education?Nov 28, 2017 8:45 am758 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 Digital technologies the focus of new College of Education programsNov 12, 2015 10:15 am757 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 am751 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.New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am737 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.What factors might explain children's poor performance on Illinois' new standardized tests?Oct 19, 2015 11:30 am736 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 am734 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.Only half of youths involved in problem behaviors graduate on timeJan 9, 2018 11:45 am727 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.Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study saysNov 4, 2013 9:00 am727 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.For community college students, ‘nudge-induced borrowing’ increases achievementNov 12, 2018 9:15 am722 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.What parents can do to assure a successful school yearAug 27, 2015 9:45 am687 views A Minute With...™ Eva Pomerantz, expert on children's motivation in schoolStudy: Student loans hamper wealth accumulation among black, Hispanic adultsJul 30, 2018 12:00 pm649 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.Should Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates?Jun 10, 2015 12:00 pm646 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 am642 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.New book explores the elements of effective decision-makingMar 3, 2017 9:45 am626 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 pm614 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.College tours for Chinese teens a rapidly growing market for tourist industryAug 24, 2018 12:15 pm608 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.Is entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries?Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm594 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 planHow would Hillary Clinton’s education plan affect college students and indebted borrowers?Aug 9, 2016 12:45 pm577 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.School violence prevention project to focus on mobile apps, peer dynamicsNov 6, 2015 2:00 pm527 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 am522 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 am513 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.Peer groups influence early adolescent bullying behaviorJan 21, 2003 9:00 am508 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.Rote memorization of historical facts adds to collective cluelessnessFeb 12, 2009 9:00 am494 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.Research questions belief that private schools are better than publicsApr 7, 2005 9:00 am492 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students do better in private schools, according to common wisdom - and some well-regarded data now more than two decades old.Paper: Videos help medical students master physiology conceptsFeb 28, 2018 8:30 am486 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.Master Naturalists needed to preserve Illinois' environmentAug 11, 2015 1:00 pm448 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.Latinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screeningsMar 15, 2011 9:00 am434 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.War, genocide 'difficult knowledge' to teach younger studentsSep 3, 2009 9:00 am431 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.