» Centers & Partnerships

The educational research centers and programs at Chapman strive to improve educational experiences and enhance academic achievement. The Attallah College of Educational Studies research projects encourage innovation, creativity, and collaboration while focusing on developing global educators-leaders who are distinctively prepared to enhance education by putting theory into practice. 

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability

The Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) on Disability is a think tank that gathers data and develops its own independent research to study. When appropriate, it also advocates on topics surrounding the issues of disability and autism. TPI’s aim is to educate policymakers and decision-makers on these topics in an effort to improve the quality of lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Kathleen Muth Reading Center

The Kathleen Muth Reading Center is a community outreach program that teaches reading and writing to culturally and linguistically diverse elementary students. The program helps train Attallah College credential students to be effective literacy teachers and to involve families in the literary development of their children. The program also offers a Home Library Program where young readers are given books in their current and next reading levels for their homes.

Orange County Excellent Public Schools (OCEPS) Initiative

The Orange County Excellent Public Schools (OCEPS) Initiative is striving to increase the number of Orange County high school and college graduates and to close student achievement gaps in order to support the sustained economic growth of Orange County. In support of this initiative, Education Prize (ePrize) awards seek to speed the introduction and spread of innovative approaches in OC’s PK-12 public school system by fostering collaborations among public school districts, districts and charter schools, and local community organizations. 

Jack H. and Paula A. Hassinger Chair in Education

The Jack H. and Paula A. Hassinger Chair in Education was established in 1996 to reward distinguished professors who advance and foster education, through teaching and administration, at any level. The chair honors the life work of Paula Hassinger, who had a distinguished career as an educator, ranging from Chapman University to American elementary schools in Japan and South America. The chair further pays tribute to her husband, Jack, also a career educator and administrator who supported numerous teaching efforts in China.

Centro Comunitario de Educación

The Centro Comunitario de Educación is a pre-kindergarten through adult learning center run by Chapman University's Attallah College of Educational Studies. The purpose of the center is to promote literacy and education for the Santa Ana community and its surroundings. 

Paulo Freire Democratic Project

The Paulo Freire Democratic Project (PFDP) strives to follow the educational philosophy put forth by Paulo Freire. To accomplish this mission, PFDP gathers constituencies from all levels of education to promote the full democratic, intellectual, and critical development of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other community members.


The COLLABORATE Initiative aims to reconceptualize learning in higher education through reflexive inquiries into the processes of acquiring, producing, and utilizing knowledge.