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First-Generation College Students Are Not Disadvantaged Slobs

Felix J. Aquino, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs Oklahoma City Community College I am a first-generation college graduate. There . . . I’ve said it. I grew up in a very solid, blue- collar household. My father had an eighth … Continue reading


Fail Safe, Fail Fast: One Creative Solution to College Completion

Jeff King, Ed.D., Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning, University of Central Oklahoma Dr. Randy Bass of Georgetown University teaches a course in which he asks students to design the kind of learning environment they think would work … Continue reading

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Creativity and College Completion: Certificates

By Bret Danilowicz, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma State University To achieve Oklahoma’s goal of increasing the number of students who complete higher education, we need to connect with a broader audience than just “traditional” undergraduate students.  I define … Continue reading

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Creativity and College Completion: The Challenge

By Blake Sonobe, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education A college education has for generations been, for many, the primary route for economic advancement.  I still recall the words of my father, “In order to get ahead, you have to … Continue reading

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Becoming Open

By Andrew Lang, Oral Roberts University This blog post is dedicated to Jean-Claude Bradley who is dearly missed [1, 2]. In 2007, I began investigating how to use Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) such as Second Life for research and … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Mary Linn, a 2009 DaVinci Fellow, who after 12 years at the University of Oklahoma and the Sam Noble Museum, will be joining the staff at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution as … Continue reading

2014 Fall Forum

The DaVinci Institute in pleased to announce that it will hold its annual Fall Forum at Northern Oklahoma College’s Eleanor Hays Art Gallery – Kinzer Performing Arts Center on October 24th from 9:30am – 3:00 PM. We will celebrate creativity … Continue reading

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Lack and Restrictions to Prompt Creativity?

Image of Jeff King standing alone in front of a blue and white mural with a red sunburst to the right and above his head.

Rob Asghar suggests that money ruins creativity. “If you can’t stretch a dollar, you can’t stretch your imagination,” he says. Maybe “Necessity is the mother of invention” might be more than just a homily. Living in conditions where there’s not much lack is not a bad thing. Unless it’s a lack of creativity. Continue reading

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By Kyle Dahlem, Executive Director, DaVinci Institute Consider these questions What foresight has gone into educational decisions, legislative action when considering the role of cultural/economic influences? These are not necessarily new questions but ones that are being asked more frequently. … Continue reading

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Directions of Change

By Kyle Dahlem, Executive Director, DaVinci Institute This isn’t the first time that I’ve focused my comments on the ever evolving . . . . . .you name it. And it won’t be my last. “It” is evolving, changing, morphing. … Continue reading

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