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Sep 11, 2020

HuffPost: Students’ Positive Views Of Liberals Increased During College Years, Study Finds

A new study from the IDEALS Project suggested that students’ appreciation for both conservatives and liberals increased during freshman year. But by the time they graduated, positive attitudes toward conservatives dropped back to freshman-year levels, while opinions about liberals continued to improve.

Sep 11, 2020

WTVD: Local Universities Work to Introduce More Diverse Educators into Classrooms Statewide

Anona Smith Williams, Ed.D., speaks about the Leadership Institute for Future Teachers, or LIFT, a program aimed at underrepresented high school students interested in pursuing a potential career in education.

Sep 11, 2020

The Conversation: Does 4 Years of College Make Students More Liberal?

Through analysis of 3,486 students at 116 U.S. colleges and universities, the IDEALS Project found that students’ positive attitudes toward political conservatives were largely the same when they started college and four years later. 

Sep 4, 2020

Diversity in Research Jobs: Strategies for Doing the Right Something in Times of Racial Injustice

NC State College of Education Professor Joy Gaston Gayles, Ph.D., and Dissertation of the Year Award Winner Ashley M. Gray, Ph.D., share tips for helping to create an anti-racist society. 

Sep 3, 2020

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: College Students Care About Interfaith Dialogue, But Most Don’t Engage In It

A new IDEALS Project study co-authored by NC State College of Education Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Alyssa Rockenbach, Ph.D., shows that college students are enthusiastic about religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue, but most aren’t engaging in it.

Aug 25, 2020

Inside Higher Ed: Survey Finds Many College Students Lacking Knowledge About Religious Traditions

Many college students are not gaining the skill sets and knowledge they need to navigate a religiously diverse country, according to a new longitudinal study from the IDEALS Project, on which NC State College of Education Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Alyssa Rockenbach serves as co-principal investigator. 

Aug 25, 2020

Associated Press: Survey Says US College Students Learn Less About Religion

A new study released by the IDEALS Project, on which NC State College of Education Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Alyssa Rockenbach serves as co-principal investigator, found that U.S. college students spend significant time learning about people of different races, political affiliations and sexual orientations and much less time learning about people of different religious and worldview group.

Jul 27, 2020

EdNC: Where to Begin Achieving Equity in Education? Courageous Conversations.

Panelists implored more than 1,000 attendees across the state to move beyond discomfort and engage in "courageous conversation" during the two-day virtual NC Conference on Educational Equity, hosted by NC State College of Education's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

Jul 21, 2020

EdNC: ‘Designing to the Edges’ to Retain Talent Through Universal Design for Learning and Project-based Learning

NC State College of Education Teaching Assistant Professor Michelle Bartlett, Ph.D., discusses how the "designing to the edges" design method can lead to growth and success for all learners. 

Jul 13, 2020

The Journal: Closing the Digital Divide

Erin Huggins, a doctoral student at the NC State College of Education and research associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, shares how the Friday Institute has helped tackle the digital divide in North Carolina.