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The Achievement & Assessment Institute

AAI and its centers partner with numerous agencies to improve the lives of children and adults through academics, employment, career advancement, and building healthy environments, and to enhance the capacity of organizations that help children, adults, and communities succeed.

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Aspire, Achieve, Inspire

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Celebrating 10 Years of AAI

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AAI in the News

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From Protest to Progress: The Inspiring Journey of Zelema Harris and the Birth of TRIO SES + STEM

Zelema Harris's pioneering work at the University of Kansas led to the establishment of Supportive Educational Services (SES), now TRIO SES + STEM, housed within AAI's Center for Education Opportunity Programs (CEOP). Amidst the tumult of the 1960s, Harris navigated resistance to create a program supporting minority students. Today, TRIO SES + STEM continues her legacy, providing essential resources to underserved students.
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AAI’s Arts & Humanities Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals

The Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI) is pleased to announce proposals are being accepted for its Arts & Humanities Grant, now in its fourth year.
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2024 Impact Report Now Available

The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) is pleased to announce the release of its 2024 Impact Report. The 70-page document covers the work of AAI and its many centers, showcasing how the organization directly and indirectly impacts the lives of people throughout the state of Kansas and beyond.
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AAI Announces Recipient of 2023 Arts & Humanities Grant

The Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas has awarded the 2023 AAI Art & Humanities Grant to Giselle Anatol, interim director of the Hall Center for the Humanities and professor of English, for the project “Imagining Our Futures” Storytelling Game & Art Sessions with AfroRithm Futures Group.