Iloh PhD ’15 awarded grant to research online learning in vocational higher education

Currently on UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Recent graduate Constance Iloh PhD ’15 was awarded a $32,450 research grant to explore virtual learning in vocational higher education. Last spring, Iloh was appointed to the faculty at the UC Irvine School of Education but has delayed her start after being awarded a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Constance Iloh

Constance Iloh PhD ’15

The grant, funded by the ECMC Foundation, will allow Iloh to investigate online platforms used in vocational postsecondary education programs and training. Recently Iloh was an invited speaker at ECMC’s board of directors’ strategic planning session in Denver, Co. The session theme was “Radically Improving Outcomes in Postsecondary Vocational Education” and Iloh presented on “Vocational Education from Community College and Proprietary School Perspectives.”

Iloh’s research and published articles address the changing landscape of higher education and its impact on underserved student populations. Iloh’s ethnography inside a for-profit college will be published in the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ) and her forthcoming book on the sector will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

President of ECMC Foundation, Peter Taylor, shared, “We are excited to support Dr. Iloh’s investigation into the use of virtual learning in vocational education. As a leader in the study of vocational higher education, we know that she has the background and expertise to contribute to a scholarly body of knowledge regarding the opportunities and challenges when using technology to strengthen vocational education.”

In May, Iloh became the first from USC Rossier to receive the USC PhD Achievement Award, the highest honor given to any USC PhD holder. She was also awarded the USC Rossier Dissertation Award of Merit for her yearlong exploration of Black students going to the for-profit higher education sector. For this same study she was recently selected as a finalist for the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award.