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R is for Thursday (R4T) is a true research-to-practice organization (often also referred to as evidence-based practice). While informed by national research, R4T’s design and services are based upon empirical research conducted in Oklahoma. Oklahoma college students with foster care backgrounds (as defined by R4T) serve as participants and, through collaboration on research, students are in the driver’s seat, on an ongoing basis, of how R is for Thursday services are designed and delivered. Likewise, R is for Thursday practitioners communicate with researchers about what needs to be studied in order to better inform their Oklahoma higher education practices related to foster alumni. While our researchers publish and present information on a national and international basis, their research-to-practice-to-research work assures that R is for Thursday remains uniquely suited to serving Oklahoma and Oklahomans.

A Retrospective View of Former Foster Youth After College: Oral Histories, dissertation research by Toni Hail, Northeastern State University and OSU PhD student in Higher Education & Student Affairs.

An Emerging Qualitative Portrait of Descriptors, Choices, and Retention Considerations for Foster Alumni College Students (working title), a study by Kerri S. Kearney, Oklahoma State University, & James Satterfield, Clemson University

Symbolic Capital Building in the Bourdieuean Framework among Foster Care Alumni College Students (working title), a study by Kyle Foster, Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education and OSU PhD Student in Higher Education & Student Affairs, & Kerri S. Kearney, Oklahoma State University

“Family” Ties: An Exploration of the Perceived Role and Influence of Family Figures for Foster Alumni in College (working title), a study by Kerri S. Kearney, Oklahoma State University; Zeak Naifeh, Cameron University and OSU PhD Student in Higher Education & Student Affairs; Tonya Hammer, Oklahoma State University; and Abby Cain, Undergraduate Scholar, Oklahoma State University

The Path Forward: Transition Experiences of Foster Alumni College Students (working title), a study by Kerri S. Kearney, Oklahoma State University, and Virginia J. Smith, Strata Leadership