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Joseph R. Pearson Hall at KU

The KU School of Education has a main home in Joseph R. Pearson Hall (often called JRP), a student-centered instructional facility which houses the majority of our student resources and services, as well as four of our five academic departments:

Curriculum and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Special Education
Educational Psychology

In addition JRP Hall houses the Center for Research on Learning, the Achievement & Assessment Institute, and the Center for Psychoeducational ServicesJRP, a men's residence hall from 1959 to 1992, became the School's new home in August 2000 after a dramatic renovation and new construction project transformed it to meet the needs of the School's programs and students. The Welcome Center (room 208) serves as the first point of contact for the public, including a depository for general information, and is the primary reference for offices and services within the School of Education.

In addition to general purpose classrooms which all offer up-to-date technology, JRP also houses several dedicated classrooms for special purposes. These include classrooms equipped for distance education, a science and mathematics classroom designed to replicate a middle school laboratory classroom for science and mathematics instruction, and a 100 seat auditorium.


10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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