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"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Purpose of Education,” 1947 

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To flourish means to live well, to thrive. We believe that humans flourish when they develop to their fullest potential as rational and moral creatures living in healthy communities.

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The mission of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is to advance the science of virtue and to promote the flourishing of OU Students and all Oklahomans. Learn more

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November 13, 2018

K20 Center Receives $68M in GEAR UP Funding

We offer our congratulations to the University of Oklahoma's K20 Center on their reception of more than $68 million in GEAR UP partnership awards, which will support students and schools across the state of Oklahoma. The K20 Center is led by Gregg Garn, dean of Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and a founding member of our leadership team. Dean Garn is pictured above (left) at the award announcement event, with James Gallogly, OU president (center), and Scott Willson, K20 associate director of innovative technologies (right).

According to OU's media release, the K20 Center's GEAR UP programs (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) will serve "46 schools and more than 12,000 students across Oklahoma, many of which have been deeply affected by issues such as poverty and teacher shortages." The awards are sponsored by the United States Department of Education.

These awards are a major achievement and have tremendous potential for improving education across the state. 

Read the full media release

Photo provided by K20 Center. Used with permission.


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The Institute is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation
and by support from The University of Oklahoma and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.