The School of Labor and Employment Relations at Illinois (LER) is a premier program in human resources and industrial relations. Through education, research and corporate partnerships, we are shaping the world’s workforce.


Here's a look back at
2016–2017

Online Degree

Through our collaboration with the Illinois Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, LER faculty have completed the transition of their on-campus courses to online.


47
STUDENTS OVER TWO COHORTS
8.3
AVERAGE YEARS OF HR EXPERIENCE AND RELATED BUSINESS FUNCTIONS
19
STUDENTS GRADUATED IN THE INAUGURAL ONLINE MHRIR CLASS

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Recruitment
Campaign

An LER degree can help individuals repurpose their skills, set a new course, work with the world’s most successful companies and advance their careers. We communicated this impact to potential students through mobile and search engine marketing, as well as establishing attendance at well-attended events.
Learn more about the campaign.


Pandora Campaign:

Over 1 million IMPRESSIONS WITH 1400 CLICKS (AS OF 11-8-17)

Google Adwords:

100 thousand IMPRESSIONS WITH 1000 CLICKS (AS OF 11-8-17)

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International
Outreach

During the 2016-2017 school year, LER engaged international alumni and global employers and continued to create new opportunities for our international students. Highlights include:


  • Attended the Global University Career Development Conference in Shanghai and Suzhou, China.
  • Hosted an event for international LER alumni and students
  • Collaborated with the Illinois China Office to cultivate new employer relationships
  • Increased contact between international companies and LER students

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Growing
Faculty

In the 2016-2017 school year, our faculty continued to earn recognition for their achievements, from national awards to campus honors for teaching excellence.

We also welcomed two new experts to our faculty this year:

Russel Weinstein and Yihao Liu.


See Faculty Achievements

Research
Highlights

Every year, LER faculty conduct cutting-edge research to help solve workplace issues.


Eating Your Feelings? Testing a Model of Employee’s Work-Related Stressors, Sleep Quality, and Unhealthy Eating
Yihao Liu
Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth Century America
Emily E. LB. Twarog
Targeting White Supremacy in the Workplace
Michael LeRoy
Increased number of female engineers in managerial roles brings unintended consequences
Teresa Cardador
A Fight for the Soul of Public Education: The Story of The Chicago Teachers Strike
Bob Bruno and Steven Ashby

Research Spotlight

Building
Campaign

We are in the home stretch for the first significant change in our footprint since our building was constructed. Working with architect Cordogan Clark and Associates, the final plans are in place and we will break ground at the end of spring semester.


Campaign Progress =

$1.2 million

Ground Breaking =

Spring 2018

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Generous
Support

The School enthusiastically supports the campus’s With Illinois campaign with fundraising goals for the building, scholarships and named professorships.

Funding in these areas continues to provide an unmatched experience for students.


Thanks to all donors

High Placement Rates

We are very proud of our successful placement of interns and graduates in their chosen field.


92%
Positions found through LER
99%
Of domestic intern candidates placed

Top employers: Boeing, PepsiCo, General Mills, International Paper, McKesson

Full Placement Report

Alumni
Connections

There is no denying that LER students develop special bonds that evolve into treasured lifelong relationships.

One example is the Ramsey family. Kim and Paul Ramsey met on their first day of class at LER. They graduated in 1985, started amazing careers and got married.

Now both daughters, Krysta (MHRIR 14) and Kaitlin (MHRIR 17), are following in their parents’ footsteps. Read their story.


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