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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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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


OU Professor with Students

Featured Virtue: Self-RegulationSelf-regulation is one of the most basic virtues, in that some degree of it is necessary to acquire any other virtue. It is the capacity to regulate and restrain one's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors for the sake of achieving good ends.

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Partner Parents Event Promo

PARTNER PARENTS EVENT - OCT 1This FREE event will feature guest speakers with expertise in issues pertaining to child development, the promotion of good character, and the flourishing of children, parents, and teachers. Join us for a day of collaborative learning, discussion, and sharing ideas! (Registration for this event is now closed.)

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Institute Publishes Annual Strategic Report for 2015 - 2016

Noel Jacobs

We are happy to announce the publication of our first Strategic Report!

Published annually, this report documents the activities and accomplishments of the Institute over the past academic year.

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