The Professor Garfield Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational collaboration between Paws, Inc., the global headquarters for Garfield the Cat, and Ball State University, a nationally recognized leader in teacher training and digital education.
Literacy is the foundation for all learning, yet nearly 40% of all fourth graders in the United States read below the basic level.
—60% of all juvenile offenders have problems reading
—40% of adult Americans have trouble reading even simple things
— The United States ranks 49th among 156 United Nations member countries in its literacy rate
Our Mission, therefore, is to be a world leader in the direct, free delivery of innovative and motivational digital learning content with a primary emphasis on children's literacy and creative expression. To blend humor with the power of the Internet as an educational tool, Jim Davis came upon the idea of the Professor Garfield learning portal. Jim knew that three key ingredients were necessary to establish a solid foundation for the effort.
—Creative humor elements to engage the attention of learners
—A nationally prominent educational institution to provide expertise in educational content, delivery, and assessment.
— Technological expertise.