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Counting on college readiness

Mar. 17, 2015

President Barack Obama recently called upon U.S. employers and educational institutions to collaborate on developing a high-technology workforce, part of Obama’s plan for increasing the number of workers trained in science, technology, engineering, and math occupations. The STEM College and Career Readiness project, developed by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, is part of a statewide effort to better prepare Illinois high school students for the rigors of college. Read more...

Alumna's dissertation influential in creation of China-Illinois museum exhibit

Feb. 25, 2015

At the start of the 21st century, Carol Huang, Ph.D. ’01 EPOL, wrote a dissertation called The Soft Power of U.S. Education and the Formation of a Chinese American Intellectual Community in Urbana-Champaign, 1905-1954. Years later, her publication helped spark an exhibit at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana called East Meets Midwest: The Dawn of the China-Illinois Educational Exchange. Read more...

Illinois trails other states in rates of girls studying science, math

Feb. 23, 2015

Fewer girls in Illinois high schools study subjects related to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) compared to their peers in other states, according to a study that included researcher Donald G. Hackmann, a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. Read more...

Education 'experts' may lack expertise, study finds

Feb. 20, 2015

Education experts cited in media stories and blog posts may have little background in research or education policy Read more...

Legislators striving to close achievement gap, work remains

Feb. 18, 2015

When the Illinois State Board of Education approved its fiscal year 2016 budget recommendations in January, it sought to increase General State Aid funding by $729.9 million, in an effort to improve the quality of education among low-income students. Christopher A. Koch, the state superintendent of education, said the monetary increase could go a long way toward improving the quality of education for Illinois students. Read more...

Governor advocates for lifting Illinois' cap on charter schools

Feb. 11, 2015

Bruce Rauner's reforms questioned by public education expert Chris Lubienski Read more...

Alumnus Preston Williams recognized for significant legacy in Urbana school district

Feb. 5, 2015

First African-American superintendent of city to have an elementary school named in his honor Read more...

Tablet computers good medium for educational materials, research shows

Jan. 28, 2015

Touch-screen tablet computers can support the learning process when used in an educational setting, and not just as an e-reader or laptop replacement, according to new research from a team of University of Illinois experts in business and e-learning, a group that included Norma Scagnoli, a research assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. Read more...

Brown v. Board of Education Impact: 'Cross-Racial Interactions among Blacks and Whites'

Jan. 20, 2015

Authors’ piece frames new view on equity, invokes Brown v. Board of Education legacy for informing future policy Read more...

Obama's education policies examined in new book edited by EPOL professor

Dec. 19, 2014

Professor Eboni Zamani-Gallaher is the editor of the new book The Obama Administration and Educational Reform, published by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. Prominent scholars within the book reflect on President Barack Obama’s impact on education, examining a broad range of policy issues, including early childhood education, the school-to-prison pipeline, and gainful employment regulations. Read more...

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