Project Q Trivia Bowl

Frequently Asked Questions about Project Q:


The Project Q trivia competition was developed and brought to life by a few dedicated Drake University School of Education students and their advisor, Ann Murr; an Adult Literacy Center Advisory Board member, and School of Education staff member, Kerwin Dobbins. Project Q on Facebook.


The Preliminary Round is Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
The Finals Round is the same day at a time immediately following the prelim rounds.


Project Q takes place inside Parents Hall in the Olmsted Center on Drake University's campus at 2875 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50311.


Literacy changes lives

According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (2003), 39% of Americans lack functional literacy. This means that in the United States there are 93 million adults who are unable to achieve their potential. They don't read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at an eighth grade level or fill out a job application.

"Low literacy's price tag is hundreds of billions of dollars; both to support the normal acquisition of reading and certainly to deal with the consequences of reading failure." Dr. Grover Whitehurst, Director -- Institute of Education Sciences, Assistant Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education

Adult low literacy is connected to almost every U.S. socio-economic issue:
  • More than 60% of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.
  • Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. -- 7-17% of all annual personal health care spending.
  • Low literacy costs the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, social services, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.


This competition will raise both funds and awareness of the Adult Literacy Center at Drake University. We are confident that Project Q will accomplish both of these goals and support the Center in accomplishing its mission.