Loyola University Chicago

Center for Comparative Education

Center History

Brief History of Loyola University Chicago's Center for Comparative Education (CCE)

Comparative Education at Loyola University Chicago had a distinguished history well before the Center for Comparative Education was established in 2006. Emeritus Professor John Wozniak taught the first Comparative Education course at Loyola in 1961. Indeed, Comparative Education played a role in the founding of Loyola's Rome Center, being among the very first courses taught there (by Prof. Wozniak jointly with Fr. Felice). Professor Wozniak continued to teach Comparative Education at Loyola until 1977, joined thereafter by (Emeritus) Professor Gerald Gutek. In 1996, (Emeritus) Professor Erwin H. Epstein came to Loyola to chair the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership and teach courses in Comparative Education. Associate Professor Noah W. Sobe joined the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies in 2005 and became Director of the Center for Comparative Education in 2011.

Since the 1990s, the number of graduate students in Comparative Education has grown from a handful to more than 40 today. The Center for Comparative Education, in terms of students, faculty and coursework, hosts the largest program in Comparative Education in Illinois and is among the most prominent programs in the US. The Center's graduate students and alumni come from many parts of the US and a wide array of countries, including: Benin, Cameroon, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Liberia, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Spain, Thailand and Venezuela. We collaborate with scholars on research projects that circle the globe.