blog postsReceiving weekend food improves school attendance among children living with hungerMay 10, 2019 12:15 pm643 views Participating in a food-distribution program that provides children from food-insecure households with backpacks of meals for the weekend improves their school attendance on Fridays, a new study found.Study: I-Promise grants boost low-income U. of I. students’ graduation ratesApr 29, 2019 8:30 am613 views Freshmen from low-income families who received Illinois Promise loan-replacement grants at the University of Illinois were significantly more likely to graduate within five years, a new study found.Scholars: Estimates of food insecurity among college students problematicApr 24, 2019 1:00 pm722 views A good estimate of how many college students struggle with food insecurity is a difficult number to pin down, says new research from a team of University of Illinois experts who study food choice issues.Why do so few community college grads transfer to elite colleges?Mar 18, 2019 1:00 pm792 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 languagesJan 29, 2019 11:30 am1104 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 findsJan 4, 2019 8:30 am1211 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 achievementNov 12, 2018 9:15 am771 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 am1419 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 industryAug 24, 2018 12:15 pm677 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 LectureAug 20, 2018 11:45 am222 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 adultsJul 30, 2018 12:00 pm690 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 disabilitiesJul 3, 2018 11:15 am1045 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 studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am10822 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 26-27Jun 4, 2018 1:30 pm348 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 prisonMay 22, 2018 8:00 am873 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 educationMay 21, 2018 12:45 pm315 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 cellsMay 21, 2018 8:00 am1154 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 findsMay 16, 2018 8:45 am469 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 eventMay 10, 2018 9:30 am386 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 pm2121 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 pm1341 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 needsApr 23, 2018 12:30 pm1175 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 programmingApr 20, 2018 8:00 am882 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 cyberbulliesApr 3, 2018 10:00 am1824 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 findsMar 27, 2018 12:30 pm1101 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 am1403 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 HundPaper: Videos help medical students master physiology conceptsFeb 28, 2018 8:30 am532 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 laterFeb 26, 2018 8:15 am3077 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 plansFeb 9, 2018 11:45 am1145 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 abundanceJan 18, 2018 2:00 pm9988 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 reportJan 17, 2018 10:30 am2109 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 timeJan 9, 2018 11:45 am741 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 pm853 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 LyonsDoes tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education?Nov 28, 2017 8:45 am764 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 grantOct 24, 2017 11:30 am944 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 LectureOct 12, 2017 8:00 am235 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 studyOct 4, 2017 8:30 am584 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 am2112 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 policiesTaboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offendedAug 10, 2017 8:30 am1048 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.Illinois information sciences professor edits book about trigger warningsJul 21, 2017 8:00 am536 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 17-18Jun 28, 2017 11:15 am311 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 deanJun 7, 2017 9:45 am1839 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.Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement awardApr 24, 2017 2:00 pm2187 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 am441 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-GallaherNew book explores the elements of effective decision-makingMar 3, 2017 9:45 am634 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 pm613 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 planAnnual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22Feb 13, 2017 9:45 am279 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 am1513 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 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am754 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 findsDec 9, 2016 9:00 am2688 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.