Origin of OERI

The Ozarks Educational Research Initiative (OERI) was founded during the summer of 2006 by Dr. David Hough, Dean, College of Education, Missouri State University and ten southwest Missouri school superintendents, as a collaborative effort among southwest Missouri school districts and the university.

The intent of the OERI partnership was to provide a network of educational researchers and educators interested in improving, promoting and disseminating educational research by conducting studies and program evaluations.