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College alumnus recognized as '40 Under 40' leader and as 'Those Who Excel' Merit Award recipient

Nov. 6, 2014

Joseph Wiemelt, M.Ed. ’09 EPOL, believes education is all about opening doors—from the College of Education guiding his career path to his own work in establishing bilingual programs for local students and families. Read more...

Professors contribute to new book on the missions and challenges of two-year colleges

Nov. 5, 2014

Professors Debra D. Bragg and Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher of the College of Education have co-edited a new book that explores the history, challenges, and controversies surrounding two-year colleges. Read more...

Doctoral graduate of College to lead international affairs and global strategies at University

Nov. 1, 2014

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, Ph.D. '98 EPOL, has been named the vice provost for international affairs and global strategies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mabokela is the assistant dean for international studies in education at Michigan State University and co-director of its Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. She is expected to start in her new position at the U of I on Jan. 16. Read more...

EPOL professor's book reveals power struggles during Egypt's 2011 'Facebook revolution'

Sep. 17, 2014

The 2011 revolution in Egypt, described at the time as a “Facebook revolution,” made Linda Herrera a firm believer in the power of social media. The Associate Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership was a past resident of Cairo who had studied the online culture of Egyptian youth and followed the events through their Facebook pages. For a moment in time, she was a “complete cyper-optimist,” and her interest led to a book called Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet, published in May. Read more...

Study by EPOL professor finds federal stimulus fails to protect college affordability

Aug. 8, 2014

A new analysis by higher education expert Jennifer A. Delaney, a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, indicates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 may have failed to promote college access and affordability. According to Delaney, the federal stimulus hurt rather than helped college access and affordability by prompting reductions in student financial aid programs. Read more...

Accomplished alumnus Freeman Hrabowski III reflects on MLK's Children's Crusade and mentorship in NPR interview

Aug. 1, 2014

Freeman Hrabowski III, PhD. ’75 EPOL, has led an impressive life. Among numerous accolades, the current president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was a recipient of the 2008 University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award and earned the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. Read more...

Alumna starts College of Adaptive Arts to make a difference in the lives of diverse learners

Jul. 17, 2014

Many aspiring teachers receive their Education degrees from Illinois with the intention of one day leading a classroom and educating students to the best of their abilities. Read more...

College Q&A: Writer, professor, and College alumnus discusses article in The Atlantic, recalls top-quality education at Illinois

Jul. 10, 2014

Jon N. Hale, M.Ed. ’06 EPOL, Ph.D. ’09 EPOL, recently contributed an article to The Atlantic called “The Forgotten Story of the Freedom Schools.” The piece describes how students in the American South boycotted their classrooms 50 years ago in an effort to demand higher educational standards—and how those ideals are missing today. Read more...

IBHE Faculty Fellow Jennifer Delaney to use her expertise in education economics to bridge public policy research and practice

Jul. 9, 2014

Professor Jennifer Delaney was selected as a faculty fellow in the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s Faculty Fellows Program. She is the first faculty member from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to receive the fellowship, which will take place during the fall 2014 semester. Read more...

K-12 funding remains a challenge in Illinois, says EPOL professor

Jul. 9, 2014

Illinois continues to face significant structural challenges in K-12 education and has experimented with ways of avoiding those obstacles. Yet the current reforms in elementary and secondary education utilize approaches that tend to de-emphasize inputs such as resources in favor of standards, accountability, choice, and structural reforms of school governance. Read more...

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