University Designated Centers and Institutes

Center for Research on Learning

Interim Director:  Mike Hock, Ph.D.

link to website

The Center for Research on Learning (CRL) is an internationally recognized research and development organization noted for creating solutions that dramatically improve quality of life, learning, and performance…especially for those who experience barriers to success.


Advanced Learning Technologies (ALTEC)
ALTEC designs, develops, and evaluates the effective use of educational technologies in K-12 instruction and uses evolving technologies to connect and engage learners.

Division of Adult Studies (DAS)
Through research and collaboration, DAS works to improve services for people with disabilities or disadvantages and cultivates improved policies, systems, and practices.

E-Learning Design Lab (joint effort with ITTC)
The eLearning Design Lab studies and develops new uses of technology to improve learning environments and meet the educational needs of society.

Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies
IHDPS conducts research on health and disability policy issues with the goal of improving access to and quality of care for all people, particularly those with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Institute for Research on Adolescent Learning
IRAL develops and researches instructional practices, strategies, and programs—including Fusion Reading—that significantly enhance the achievement of adolescents who struggle with learning.

Kansas Coaching Project
KCP conducts research on instructional coaching—on-site professional development intended to teach educators how to use proven instructional methods.

Professional Development Research Institute
PDRI studies ways to deliver quality learning opportunities and support to teachers and other school personnel, with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement.

Transition Coalition
The Transition Coalition develops and offers online and in-person information, resources, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times