Professor Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992 - present
Professor Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992 - present
Associate Chancellor Responsible for campus diversity issues, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994 - 1999
Assistant, Associate Professor Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983 - 1992
Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982
M.S., Sociology, George Washington University, 1974
B.S., Sociology, Union College, Barbourville, KY, 1966
Outstanding Scholar American Educational Research Association, 1999 - 1999
Spencer Resident Fellow The Spencer Foundation, 2006 - 2007
Senior Specialist Fulbright Senior Specialists are selected based on achievements and the fit with the needs of the participating agencies and universities., Fulbright Program, 2003 - 2004
Visiting Scholar College Board, 2002 - 2003
Visiting Chair in Higher Education Johnson and Wales University, 2000 - 2000
Populating higher education with diverse leaders (10/12/2016)
Experts Advance Equity in Education (10/30/2010)
My past research has focused on: 1) Educational Inequality: school desegregation effects (K-12, postsecondary), benefits and consequences, social organziation of school, status attainment research, co- and extracurricular activities, comparative education; 2) Race and Ethnicity: social stratification and mobility, equality of opportunity; and 3) Complex Organization/Social Change/Policy.
I am principal investigator for an Educational Reform Project focused on understanding the role of race, ethnicity, class and gender in school reform. I have also recently served as an expert witness on a court appointed panel in Vaughns, et. al. v. Bd. of Educ. of P.G. Co., MD.
I will be seeking funding for a major project on school desegregation, focused on educational consequences. I will return to theoretical writing on policy issues, their origins and evolution.
Trent, W. (2008) Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: High School Racial Composition and Becoming a GMS Scholar; the Implications of Strategin Recruitment. William T. Trent, Dawn Owens Nicholson and Mary E. M. M. AMS Press Inc: New York
Trent, W. (2008) RESOURCES, ASSETS AND STRENGTHS AMONG SUCCESSFUL DIVERSE STUDENTS; Understanding the Contributions of the Gates Millenniun Scholars Program. Readings in Equal Education AMS Press, Inc. Press: New York
Trent, W., & Orr, T. (2007) The transition to college: Lessons from the disciplines [Special issue] The Teachers College Record 109 (10)
Trent, W., Lee, H., & Nicholson, D. (2006) Perceptions of financial aid among students of color: Examining the role(s) of self concept, locus of control and expectations American Behavioral Scientist 49 (12), 1739-1759
Trent, W., Orr, M., Ranis, S., & Holdaway, J. (2006) Transitions to college: Lessons from the disciplines Teachers College Record 109 (10), 2207-2221
Trent, W., & Gong, Y. (2006) Achieving justice and equality in U. S. higher education: An exemplary program to increase the participation of underrepresented students of color. International perspectives on diversity in higher education: Challenges and prospects Elsevier: Oxford, UK
Green, D., & Trent, W. (2005) The public good and a radically diverse democracy. Higher education and the public good Josey Bass: San Francisco
Trent, W., Gong, Y., & Owens-Nicholson, D. (2004) The relative contribution of high school origins to college access. REE
Beatty, A., Neissere, U., Trent, W., & Heubert, J. (2001) Understanding dropouts: Statistics, strategies, and high-stakes testing National Academy Press: Washington, D.C..
Trent, W., & Braddock, J. (1992) Extracurricular activities in secondary schools. In M. C. Alkin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Research (6th ed.) pp. 476-481.. Macmillan: New York
Trent, W. (1991) Focus on equity: Race & gender differences in degree attainment 1975-76; 1980-81. College in black and white: African American students in predominantly white and historically black public universities Southern University Press: Albany, NY
Trent, W. (1991) Student affirmative action in higher education: Addressing underrepresentation. The racial crisis in higher education Southern University Press: Albany, NY
Trent, W., Braddock, J., & Henderson, R. (1985) Trends in Black enrollment and degree attainment. Desegregating America's colleges and universities: Title VI regulation of higher education Teachers College Press: New York
Trent, W., & Trent, W.. Comparing 'Swirling' in STEM and non-STEM fields. 2010
Trent, W., & Trent, W.. School Desegregation: The Long View
Trent, W.. School Desegregation: Examining the Evidence on Persisting Barriers to Quality Education...
Trent, W.. The Limits and Posibilities of Mentoring
Principal Investigator Urban Initiative, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Urban & Metropolitan Affairs Office, ACES Extension Program), 2005 - 2006
Advisor Illinois Transition Project, Illinois Education Research Council, 2003 - 2006
Principal Investigator Under-represented Minorities in the Academy: Understanding the Career Attainment Process, U.S. Department of Education, 2001 - 2006
Principal Investigator Illinois Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 2002, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2004 - 2004
Principal Investigator Data Analysis & Interpretation from 2002 Longitudinal Study, Illinois Education Research Council (Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville), 2004 - 2004
Principal Investigator Understanding The Academic Career Aspiration and Attainment of Underrepresented Students, Campus Research Board, 2000 - 0
Member Government Relations Committee, American Educational Research Association, 2011 - 2014
consulting contributor NSF/NAE Colloquy on African Americans in STEM, National Science Foundation, 2010 - 2010
Presenter Children's Defense Fund Retreat on the Education of African American Males, Childrens Defense Fund, 2010 - 2010
Presenter Washington DC, Childrens Defense Fund, 2010 - 2010
Senior faculty ASHE Committee on Equity and Diversity/ASHE Equity Institute on Scholarship and Publishing, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2008 - 2010
Chair Palmer O. Johnson Award Committee, AERA, 2008 - 2010
Research Advisory Committee Member, Gates Millenium Scholars Program Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2001 - 2010
Collaborator for a Local funding effort Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation, 2009 - 2009
member and reviewer Sociology of Education, American Sociological Association, 2006 - 2009
PIC Facilitator. Member of Court Appointed Monitoring Team for Champaign, IL Unit 4 Consent Decree Champaign Community Unit School District 4, 2003 - 2009
Member New York, Social Science Research Council, 2008 - present
Member, Research Planning Committee Transitions Research Project, Social Science Research Council, 2003 - 2008
Member The Higher Learning Commission, 2005 - 2007
Committee member American Educational Research Association, 2006 - 2006
ASA Spivak Committee member American Sociological Association, 2006 - 2006
Committee Member Kellogg Forum on Higher Education, 2002 - 2006
Meber National Research Council, 2003 - 2005
Member Higher Education Policy Advisory Board, American Council on Education, 2001 - 2004
Advisor Illinois Education Research Council, 2002 - present
Co-chair Committee on Educational Excellence and Testing Equity for the Board on Testing And Assessment, National Research Council, 1999 - 2002
member Board on Testing and Assessment, National Research Council, 1997 - 2002
Member Board on Testing and Assessment, National Academy of Sciences, 1996 - 2002
AERA - IES, AIR, ETS- Fellowship Committee American Educational Research Association, 2000 - present
Education and Stratification Open only to persons who have been admitted for doctoral study in the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership. Course Information: Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Access to Higher Education Explores current practices, conditions, and policies shaping access to college at the undergraduate level. The course is based in a sociological approach to understanding conditions of access to higher education. Provides an opportunity to examine and discuss current research on class, race, gender, institutional policy, and individual factors that are known to impact participation in higher education. Particular attention is given to stratification in higher education including but not limited to: the historical and legal context of access; points of access; pathways to higher education; and the effects of various policies and programs. Course Information: Same as EOL 579. Prerequisite: EOL 570 and EOL 571, or equivalent; or consent of instructor.: the historical and legal context of access; points of access; pathways to higher education; and the effects of various policies and programs.
Education & Stratification Seminar in educational policy studies; sections offered in the following fields: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education.