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KU-CRL News Archive


Completeing their first year of Post-Secondary Education: Sharon Smith and Carlos Molina

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sharon Smith and Carlos Molina are participating in our study that investigates the things that hinder and help in the transition process from completing a GED through an adult secondary education program to earning a post-secondary degree at a community college. Each has completed their first year of post-secondary education and plan to continue their studies in the fall.


The Commonwealth Fund grant awarded to Dr. Jean Hall

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dr. Jean Hall, an associate research professor at the KU Center for Research on Learning Division of Adult Studies, has been awarded a grant from The Commonwealth Fund to evaluate high-risk pools as a health insurance option for people with preexisting conditions. This study is part of The Commonwealth Fund’s Affordable Health Insurance program.


Soaring to New Heights nominated for Innovations Award

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Soaring to New Heights, a semester-long course that helps high school students with disabilities stretch beyond preconceived notions about their futures and construct realistic post-high school goals for themselves, has been nominated for the Council of State Governments’ 2010 Innovations Awards.

Soaring to New Heights is a collaboration among the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning’s Division of Adult Studies, Unified School District 259 in Wichita, the Kansas Rehabilitation Services vocational rehabilitation agency in the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant in the Kansas Health Policy Authority. The Innovations Award nomination came from the governor’s office.

Participating students are high school juniors who have high-incidence disabilities, such as learning disabilities, behavior disorders, or mild cognitive disabilities other than LD. The study sites—seven public high schools in Wichita, Kan.—represent an urban environment in which two-thirds of students across the district receive free and reduced lunches. The course is built around the concept of students learning to see themselves as capable and competent while developing the skills they need to make a successful transition from high school to work or more education.

The Council of State Governments’ Innovations Awards bring greater visibility to exemplary state programs and facilitate the transfer of those successful experiences to other states. CSG receives hundreds of nominations every year and selects just two award-winners in each of its four regions. Programs are judged on their newness, creativity, effectiveness, transferability, and significance.


Washington Post article on insurance pools quotes CRL researcher

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

An article in today’s Washington Post quotes Jean Hall, associate research professor in the KU Center for Research on Learning Division of Adult Studies. The article, “18 states refuse to run insurance pools for those with preexisting conditions,” examines a range of issues related to insurance pools designed to provide coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions. Hall addresses the question of whether federal funding for the program is sufficient.

Read the article here: http://tinyurl.com/2fgm77b