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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...

In Illinois, eligibility and demand on the rise for need-based financial aid

Jul. 9, 2014

Sixty-four percent of students in Illinois pursuing their bachelor’s degree in college enter the working world with an average debt of $28,028. Nationwide, student debt as of May 2013 was $1.01 trillion. Statistics like these show that college affordability is an issue of major concern for students and families. Read more...

Alumna Laura Taylor honored as Educator of the Year by GLSEN

May 1, 2014

Dr. Laura Taylor, Ed.D. ’06 EPOL, will receive the Educator of the Year Award May 19 at the annual Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network Respect Awards ceremony at Gotham Hall in New York City. Taylor is currently an assistant superintendent for achievement and student services at the Unit 4 School District in Champaign. She is being recognized for founding the Champaign Unit 4 Schools Social Justice Committee, which gives educators the tools to tackle racism, homophobia, and other forms of institutionalized discrimination experienced by marginalized youth in and out of the classroom. Read more...

Professor Ruth Nicole Brown provides research expertise at White House conference

Apr. 28, 2014

Professor Ruth Nicole Brown, an expert in gender and women’s studies, will share her thoughts with educators, policy-makers, business leaders, media experts, and advocates at the April 28 White House Research Conference on Girls, hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls. The assistant professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership is part of a select group of people at the conference focusing on how to make research on girls more available and accessible to everyone. Read more...

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