The Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment (ZC) opened the first week of September 2000 when Dr. James Martin, the first Zarrow Endowed Chair and Director of the Zarrow Center, arrived on the OU campus. Initially, the ZC consisted of empty, newly remodeled offices located in historic Carpenter Hall. On May 1, 2001 the formal dedication ceremony was held. Dean Joan Smith opened the Ceremony and then President David Boren formally dedicated the Zarrow Center. Over 100 invited University and community guests attended to formally honor the Zarrow Family vision and to thank the family for their generous Foundation support.
Watch President Boren's speech (coming soon!)
The Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment, through its faculty and students, will develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate strategies and procedures to facilitate youth and adults with disabilities, those at risk of school failure, and those who learn differently, to attain their desired secondary education, post-secondary education, and employment goals. To accomplish this, the ZC will answer these questions:
What practices and environmental changes achieve increased middle and high school student engagement, completion, and transition into post-secondary education and employment?
What practices and environmental changes achieve increased student engagement and completion of post-secondary educational programs, and transition into desired employment or additional educational opportunities?
What secondary and post-secondary educational factors impede or facilitate students attaining their educational and vocational goals?