Higher Education

IERC Publication: Degrees with Less Debt: Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations (2017-2)

Janet K. Holt, Bradford R. White, and Sarah K. Terrell

This study identifies five higher education institutions that were serving first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students by helping them to advance to graduation with less debt. From qualitative interviews with administrators and students, this report emphasizes the strategies and practices these institutions were employing to support underrepresented students to graduation.  More


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IERC Presentation: Family Education Versus Family Finances in Predicting College Outcomes

Janet K. Holt & Drew M. Anderson

American Educational Research Association, April 27-May 1, 2017 San Antonio, TX.

Janet Holt presented in a roundtable session (session 44.084-6, RT18) on First-Generation Students at the AERA annual meeting Saturday at 2:45. She presented Family Education Versus Family Finances in Predicting College Outcomes, a study jointly conducted with Drew Anderson from University of Wisconsin.  More

IERC Presentation: Exploring the K–12 Leadership Labor Market in Different Contexts

Bradford R. White, Karen J. DeAngelis, Peter Goff, Kevin Bastian, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, and Ed Fuller

Brad White participated in a Working Group Roundtable on "Exploring the K–12 Leadership Labor Market in Different Contexts" at AERA in San Antonio on Thursday, April 27.   More

Other Publication: Using propensity score matching and a post-treatment adjustment to test the community college penalty assumption (2015)

Lichtenberger, E. J., & Dietrich, C.

The quasi-experimental study compares the rates of bachelor’s degree completion of community college transfer students to that of an observationally equivalent group of rising four-year college juniors.  More

IERC Presentation: Innovative Pathways to Degrees and Capacity-Building for Illinois’ Early Childhood Workforce

Bradford White, Brenda Klostermann, Debra Baron, Janet Holt, Dan Duffy

In this session, we present results from a two-year qualitative implementation study of the Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation (EPPI) Grants. Partnerships used grant funds to develop a wide range of seamless pathways for degree and credential attainment through innovative articulation and curriculum alignment initiatives, strategies for advising and supporting transfer students, and aligning assessments to demonstrate candidate progress toward attainment of key competencies.   More


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IERC Publication: Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation (2016)

Stephanie A. Bernoteit, Johnna C. Darragh Ernst, and Nancy I. Latham (Eds)

Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation is jointly published by the IERC and IBHE, and highlights the accomplished work of many of our state’s two- and four-year faculty to redesign early childhood educator preparation programs to meet regional and state workforce needs.   More


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Other Publication: How the New Teacher Pipeline Affects the Racial/Ethnic, Gender, and Academic Composition of Illinois Teaching Corps. Success in High Needs Schools (2015)

White, B. R., DeAngelis, K. J., & Lichtenberger, E. J.

Examines how each stage in the pipeline from high school through college and initial teacher certification and employment affects the racial/ethnic and academic composition of those who enter the public school teacher corps in Illinois.  More

IERC Publication: Innovations for High Quality, Aligned Early Childhood Educator Preparation (2016-3)

Bradford R. White, Debra Mayconich Baron, Brenda K. Klostermann, and Daniel Q. Duffy

This qualitative implementation study provides a systematic review of the innovations and strategies EPPI grant recipients utilized in addressing common barriers and practice-oriented issues experienced in early childhood educator preparation.  More


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IERC Publication: Navigating the Shift to Intensive Principal Preparation in Illinois: An In-depth Look at Stakeholder Perspectives (2016-2)

Bradford R. White, Amber Stitziel Pareja, Holly Hart, Brenda K. Klostermann, Michelle Hanh Huynh, Mary Frazier-Meyers, and Janet K. Holt

The report summarizes findings from a two-year study of Illinois’ principal preparation redesign efforts.   More


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