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Racial disparities in college graduation rates are tied to families accumulation of assets and debt, suggests new research by social work professor Min Zhan and Deirdre Lanesskog, a doctoral student in the School of Social Work.

Ability to finish college – especially for blacks – affected by family debt, new study suggests

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:May 22, 2014

Family debt diminishes students’ prospects of graduating from college, and is particularly detrimental to black students’ chances of earning degrees, suggests a new study by social work professor Min Zhan and doctoral student Deirdre Lanesskog, both at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: May 22, 2014


Recreation, sport and tourism professor Kimberly Shinew and doctoral student LaWanda Cook studied the significance of leisure activities in the lives of employed adults with mobility impairments.

Leisure activities stressful for working adults with disabilities, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:May 19, 2014

While leisure activities are essential to physical and emotional well-being and quality of life – they also can be very stressful for people with disabilities, a new study suggests.

Published Date: May 19, 2014


Dorothy Espelage, a professor of educational psychology, presented new research at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association indicating that sexual violence/harassment is prevalent in middle school environments.

More than 20 percent of middle schoolers experience inappropriate touching

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:April 8, 2014

More than one in five youth in middle school has experienced physical sexual violence such as being inappropriately touched against their will while at school, a new study suggests.

Published Date: April 8, 2014


U. of I. student wins Doris Duke Fellowship to promote child well-being

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 20, 2014

Catherine P. Corr, a doctoral student in special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a recipient of a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.

Published Date: March 20, 2014


Many of the behavioral and cognitive characteristics of Austism Spectrum Disorders can be identified when children are as young as age 2, suggests a new study by alumna Laurie M. Jeans, right, and Rosa Milagros Santos Gilbertz, a faculty member in the College of Education.

Autism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggests

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 17, 2014

Many characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be identified by the age of 2 and are predictive of which children will be diagnosed with these disorders when they’re older, a new study suggests.

Published Date: March 17, 2014