The University of Illinois Center for Economic and Financial Education is affiliated with the Council for Economic Education (CEE) and is part of a national network of university centers dedicated to increasing economic and financial literacy nationally and internationally.
Established in 1956, the U of I Center is the oldest continuously active center in the NCEE network and is located in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. For over 50 years, the Center has been a leading provider of economic and financial programs, services, and research in both the state of Illinois and nationally.
Here at our web site you can download educational materials, research papers, and learn more about upcoming seminars and training events. You will also find The Journal of Consumer Education (JCE) a leading consumer research journal dedicated to the advancement of consumer education for all members of society.
The U of I Center for Economic and Financial Education is comprised of nationally prominent academic scholars, educators, and financial professionals specializing in economic and financial education at the University of Illinois. View a listing of the Center's current affiliates.
We envision a nation of individuals and families who possess the economic and financial skills to make lifelong decisions that result in long-term economic and financial security.
The U of I Center for Economic and Financial Education is dedicated to improving economic and financial education. Our mission is three-fold:
- To provide programs and services that enable individuals and families to develop the economic and financial skills needed to become economically and financially secure.
- To conduct academically rigorous research that documents the impact of economic and financial education so as to support and lend credibility to our educational efforts, as well as those of others.
- To bring statewide, national, and global awareness to public policy issues related to economic and financial education through our programs, services, and research.
We accomplish our mission of improving economic and financial education through comprehensive programs, services, and research, which include the following:
- Training and support for teachers and other education providers
- Program development and delivery
- Dissemination of educational resources
- Establishment of measurement standards for economic and financial success
- On-going research documenting the impact of economic and financial education
- Dissemination of educational research through publications, media outlets, and other venues
The U of I Center for Economic and Financial Education regularly trains educators and financial professionals from schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies, private companies, and community groups to teach consumers practical economic and financial skills that can be used for life.
To learn more about our Center, and how you can get involved and become a volunteer or affiliate, please contact:
Dr. Angela Lyons
Director, U of I Center for Economic and Financial Education
University of Illinois
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
440 Mumford Hall, 1301 West Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801