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SLU's Dean of Education Speaks on the "Charlie Brennan Show"

On January 24, 2019, Gary Ritter, Ph.D., dean of Saint Louis University's College of Education, spoke on KMOX-AM 1120's "Charlie Brennan Show." The focus of the conversation was education policy and research in Missouri, specifically in the city of St. Louis.

Listen to Gary Ritter on KMOX

Ritter was invited to discuss the recent announcement of a nearly $1 million grant awarded to the School of Education to develop education policy research center focused on education in the St. Louis region and across the state of Missouri.

The research center will be called the PRiME Center, or the Policy Research in Missouri Education Center.

During the conversation with Brennan, Ritter emphasized the PRiME Center will be conducting research on anything and everything, including test scores, enrollment, demographics, curriculum, graduation rates and more.

 More evidence is better than no evidence."

Gary Ritter, Ph.D., dean of SLU's College of Education being interviewed on KMOX's "Charlie Brennan Show"

Brennan and Ritter discussed a variety of topics related to education, each of which could be potential research topics at the PRiME Center, including the possibility of a four-day school week, the effects of participation in sports, and the impact of low socioeconomic status on a child’s education.

With two or three full time researchers, in addition to School of Education faculty members, not only will Saint Louis University be able to use this center as a resource, Ritter said, but schools and educators in the community will have access to research regarding public policies on education.

The PRiME Center will be operational later this spring.