About Us

The Mission in Action

The Illinois Education Research Council, housed at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, was established in 2000 to provide Illinois with education research to support P-20 education policy making and program development. The IERC undertakes independent research and policy analysis, often in collaboration with other researchers, that informs and strengthens Illinois’ commitment to providing a seamless system of educational opportunities for its citizens. Through publications, presentations, participation on committees and an annual research symposium, the IERC brings objective and reliable evidence to the work of state policy makers and practitioners. It has legislated responsibility to provide and coordinate research to inform the work of the Illinois P-20 Council, which is composed of representatives from the Governor’s office and the General Assembly, designees from the three education sectors (elementary, secondary, and higher education), and business, union, and community leaders.

Administrative Structure

The IERC is led by its Director, who appoints and receives advice from an Advisory Board drawn from Illinois’ educational researchers, education providers, state education agencies and other stakeholders. The Advisory Board meets twice a year to review progress and advise on priorities and projects. The IERC is administratively housed in The Graduate School at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.