About the Cowen Institute
The Cowen Institute was originally formed in 2007 to monitor, chronicle, and analyze the dramatic changes occurring in New Orleans’ public education system after Hurricane Katrina. The Institute is named after Scott Cowen, President Emeritus of Tulane University, who served as a leader in New Orleans’ recovery and in transforming its failing education system. Over the past decade, the scope of our work has expanded beyond research and policy to include direct programming and convening towards our mission to advance youth success in New Orleans and beyond.
We do this with a holistic approach: We report on research in a way that’s accessible and actionable, not only for stakeholders and teachers but also for the public at large, and we apply these findings with strategic initiatives and innovative programs. These programs directly serve K-12 students and young adults who are disconnected from work and school by improving education, increasing post-secondary opportunities, and tracking their success to ensure that they thrive and persist. Additionally, we promote partnerships among other organizations, advocate for public policy, and offer a community for educators and practitioners to learn and share best practices.
From President Emeritus Scott Cowen
“The Cowen Institute is committed to making the youth of New Orleans more successful. We believe that is the key to the future of our community.”