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GEAR UP Phase I News Releases 1999-2005

College Readiness Down, Diversity Up, ACT Report Shows
August 17, 2005 -- Average ACT scores in Oklahoma for 2005 took a dip compared to last year, but higher education officials aren’t totally surprised or alarmed by the drop.


Online Chat to Help Answer Questions About Applying for College August 3, 2005 -- Mapping Your Future, a public service Web site providing college, career, financial aid and financial literacy information and services, will offer an online chat session at 2 p.m., Aug. 9, for students who are thinking about attending college.


State Regents Honor 56 GEAR UP Essay Contest Winners
June 30, 2005 -- Fifty-six Oklahoma students, seven each from the fifth through 12th grade, received new Dell computers and certificates of achievement for their winning entries in the 2005 Oklahoma GEAR UP Essay Contest today during a special ceremony after the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education meeting.


Media Advisory: State Regents to Honor 56 GEAR UP Essay Contest Winners
June 27, 2005 -- WHAT: Photo and news opportunity as 56 students receive Dell computers and certificates of achievement for their winning entries in the Oklahoma GEAR UP Essay Contest. Seven 12th-grade winners will also receive $2,000 scholarships for use at an Oklahoma college or university this fall.


Deadline Approaches for State Scholarship Program
June 22, 2005 -- June 30 is the last chance for students who just finished 10th grade to sign up for one of Oklahoma’s most successful and popular state college scholarship programs.


Scholarships, Prizes Available Through Oklahoma GEAR UP Essay Contest
April 14, 2005 -- Oklahoma students in the fifth through 12th grade can earn scholarships and educational prizes through the Oklahoma GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) essay contest, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently.


Latest EPAS Test Scores Both an Encouragement and a Concern
April 13, 2005 -- Oklahoma’s eighth and 10th graders are either meeting or beating national norms in all content areas, according to the latest Oklahoma Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) tests. These latest results, however, are in stark contrast to the most recent ACT scores which show that by 11th and 12th grade, Oklahoma students continue to score well below their national counterparts.


Deferments and Forbearance Topics of Upcoming Chat Event
April 5, 2005 -- Borrowers seeking to delay student loan payments due to economic hardships or other reasons can get information about deferments and forbearances during a live interactive chat session scheduled for 6 p.m. April 12.


Applications Now Accepted for Summer Academies on College Campuses
March 8, 2005 -- Oklahoma is looking for middle and high school students who choose to accept a high-tech intelligence mission this summer. They can gather crime scene evidence, build a robot or unlock secret codes, just to name a few activities. It’s part of the 2005 Summer Academies in Math and Science coordinated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


Online, Distance Education to Be Discussed During March Chat Event
March 1, 2005 -- Students and parents can learn more about online and distance education, as well as financial aid, during a chat event on the Mapping Your Future Web site at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.


College Goal Sunday to Offer Students and Families Opportunity to Learn About Ways to Pay for College
February 2, 2005 -- Students and parents who have questions about standardized tests, college admissions and financial aid can get the answers they need during a live chat event scheduled at 2 p.m. Feb. 8.


Standardized Tests and College Admissions Topics of Upcoming Chat
January 27, 2005 -- Students and parents who have questions about standardized tests, college admissions and financial aid can get the answers they need during a live chat event scheduled at 2 p.m. Feb. 8.


Financial Aid Questions to Be Addressed During OETA Telecast
January 14, 2005 -- Students and their parents can have personal, professional assistance in learning about financial aid and planning for college thanks to the upcoming television event “Cash for College.”


Twenty-One Schools Named GEAR UP 'Plus' Districts for 2004-2005
December 16, 2004 -- Twenty-one Oklahoma schools have been selected as GEAR UP “Plus” districts for 2004-2005. The selected schools are receiving comprehensive training opportunities designed to improve student learning and retention through better instruction, guidance and educational leadership efforts.

Oklahoma High Schools Recognized as OHLAP ‘State Champions’
December 13, 2004 -- In a recent ceremony, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recognized one high school from each class as OHLAP “State Champions.” The schools were honored for having the most 2004 graduates in the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), the state scholarship program that provides free college tuition to high school students who meet certain eligibility requirements.


Time May Be Right to Consolidate Student Loans
December 3, 2004 -- Interest rates are still at some of the lowest levels in years. And for some students and parents who are trying to pay off student loans with higher interest rates, now may be a good time to take advantage of the low interest rates by consolidating those student loans.


More State Funds Needed to Meet Demands From Rising Enrollment
November 22, 2004 -- Oklahoma higher education officials are hopeful that recent record enrollments and an improved state economy will help convince state lawmakers to restore funding for higher education at levels not seen since early 2002.


Oklahoma Higher Education Web Site Provides Information in Spanish
November 4, 2004 -- Oklahoma's Spanish-speaking students and their families can now access online information that is designed to help them better prepare for college, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently announced.


Task Force Begins Work on Helping Hispanic Students Go to College
October 27, 2004 -- A task force designed to monitor implementation of a new state law that allows certain children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition is ready to go to work.


Online Chat to Help Students Get Into College
October 5, 2004 -- Mapping Your Future, a public service Web site providing college, career, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services, will offer an online chat session at 6 p.m., Oct. 12, for students who are thinking about attending college next semester or next fall.


Oklahoma GEAR UP Receives SBC Foundation Grant to Help Promote College Readiness Among Oklahoma Students and Families
October 1, 2004 -- The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) recently announced Oklahoma's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) as a grant recipient for excellence and innovation in education. Oklahoma has received $46,821 from the SBC Foundation to implement a cyber counseling center that will help more state students and their families better prepare for college.


October Is Oklahoma Higher Education Math and Science Month
September 29, 2004 -- October is Oklahoma Higher Education Math and Science Month. Colleges and universities across the state will promote their math and science lab services as well as showcase faculty and student success stories via the State Regents Web site. The “Math and Science Resources” online tool is designed to ease math and science concerns and boost current skill levels of students statewide.


U.S. Rep. Tom Cole to Deliver Keynote Address at 2004 GEAR UP State Conference
September 17, 2004 -- U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma's 4th District congressman, is joining more than 260 state higher education leaders and public school educators in Oklahoma City today. The group is convening to learn more about college readiness and academic preparation during Oklahoma's fifth annual Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) State Conference.


Media Advisory: U.S. Rep. Tom Cole Headlines Fifth Annual GEAR UP State Conference
September 13, 2004 -- Photo and news opportunity as U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma's 4th District congressman and member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, attends the fifth annual Oklahoma GEAR UP Conference.


Oklahoma's GEAR UP Program Ready for Year Six With Expanded Outreach to Help More Students and Families Better Prepare for College
September 9, 2004 -- Oklahoma's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is forging into year six with aggressive plans to help even more students and families better prepare for college.


EPAS Program in Place to Improve College Readiness
September 9, 2004 -- The recently released ACT scores indicated a small increase in composite scores, both nationally and in Oklahoma, but they continue to show that many Oklahoma students need to be better prepared, especially for college math and science courses.


College Financial Aid to Be Discussed During Live Chat
August 30, 2004 -- Students, parents and high school counselors can get their college and financial aid questions answered as well as receive assistance with federal financial aid applications during a live chat event scheduled at 2 p.m., Sept. 7, on the Mapping Your Future Web site.


Download the 2004 GEAR UP State Conference Registration Brochure(PDF, 425k)


College Prep Materials Will Aid Junior High and High School Students
August 25, 2004 -- Thousands of Oklahoma eighth- through 12th-grade students will soon be receiving some valuable information that may help them prepare for a college education.


ACT Scores Up Slightly – Math Worries Continue
August 18, 2004 -- The average ACT composite score increased in 2004, both nationally and in Oklahoma, but state higher education leaders continue to be concerned. The ACT scores are an indicator of how well students are prepared for college and they show that a large number of Oklahoma students continue to be underprepared, especially for college math and science courses.


Financial Aid Increases Highlight Higher Ed’s 2004-05 Budget
July 6, 2004 -- More students will be receiving help meeting college costs this fiscal year thanks to a $10.2 million budget increase in student assistance programs across the state system. The increase is part of higher education’s more than $1.5 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2005.


Time Is Running Out to Sign Up for State Scholarship Program
June 21, 2004 -- Students who just finished the eighth, ninth or 10th grade have until June 30 to sign up for a state scholarship program that is already helping thousands of Oklahoma students pay for their college educations. For those students just finishing 10th grade, this is their last opportunity to apply for the program.

Consolidation May Help Lower Student Loan Payments
June 2, 2004 --
For those students or parents who are in the process of paying back high-interest student loans, now may be a good time to consider consolidating those loans, especially since current interest rates are still at some of their lowest levels in years.


Internet Chat Could Make Student Loans Disappear
May 6, 2004
-- People who are currently in the process of paying back their college student loans may be surprised to know that their student loans could be forgiven, cancelled or even discharged under certain circumstances.


Oklahoma Scholars 2004 Banquet Honors East Middle School and High School Students
April 27, 2004
-- Ninety-two students from Ponca City East Middle School and 60 from Ponca City High School have been named Oklahoma Scholars 2004 in honor of their academic achievement this year.


EPAS Test Results Show Improvement Needed in Some Areas
April 7, 2004
-- When it comes to the building blocks of a good education – English, math, reading and science reasoning – most of Oklahoma’s eighth and 10th graders are meeting or beating the national average, but minorities are not.


More College Courses Now Easier to Transfer
April 6, 2004
-- Oklahoma college students hoping to transfer to another state public college or university without slowing their progress toward graduation received some good news recently. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced that they have accepted the addition of nearly 1,100 new courses to those already explicitly transferable among state system institutions.


Report Shows That More Oklahoma Students Receiving Financial Aid
April 5, 2004
-- More than half of all students attending Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities in 2002-03 received almost $700 million in financial aid, higher education officials announced recently.


Survey Finds Most Oklahomans Have Positive Perceptions of Public Higher Education
April 1, 2004
-- In a recent survey conducted by the Oklahoma State University Bureau of Social Research, Oklahomans’ overall perceptions about higher education and the state’s public colleges and universities are positive.


Deferments and Forbearances Topic of Upcoming Chat Event
March 30, 2004
-- Borrowers seeking to delay student loan payments due to economic hardships or other reasons can get information about deferments and forbearances during a live interactive chat session scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. April 6. Titled “Deferments, Forbearances and Default Prevention,” the chat session is sponsored by Mapping Your Future, a college, career and financial aid Web site.


Continued Record Higher Ed Enrollment Creates Challenges
February 24, 2004
-- The total number of students on Oklahoma's public college campuses is up 2.6 percent this spring compared with spring 2003. A total of 169,694 students have enrolled in classes, the highest total spring enrollment ever for the state system. This follows on the heels of a record enrollment last fall.


Most Oklahoma College Graduates Staying in State, Report Indicates
February 20, 2004
-- The majority of Oklahoma's college students are choosing to remain in state to work following graduation; however, many with degrees in technical fields such as engineering and computer science are leaving to find work elsewhere.


Fewer Students Requiring Remedial Courses, Annual Report Shows
February 13, 2004
-- Oklahoma high schools seem to be doing a better job of preparing students for college and fewer students are having to take remedial courses than in 2001, according to an annual report presented to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


OHLAP Powers the Dreams of Oklahoma's Working Families
February 3, 2004
-- A state scholarship program aimed at Oklahoma's working families is fulfilling the dreams of hundreds of Oklahoma students. The Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP) provides opportunities for first-generation college students to attend college and boost their earning potential over their lifetimes.


College Goal Sunday to Offer Students and Families Opportunity to Learn About Ways to Pay for College
January 28, 2004
-- This February, students and their parents can have one-on-one, expert advice in learning about financial aid and planning for college during the upcoming statewide event, College Goal Sunday.


Financial Aid Questions to be Addressed During OETA Telecast
January 20, 2004
-- Students and their parents can have personal, professional assistance in learning about financial aid and planning for college thanks to the upcoming television event “Cash for College.”


Three Oklahomans Receive Second Annual ‘Champions for Student Success' Award
December 5, 2003
-- The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have honored three Oklahomans who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help students prepare for and succeed in college.

State Regents Name Focus School Districts for GEAR UP
December 3, 2003
-- Twenty-five Oklahoma school districts have been selected to serve as focus districts for year five of the Oklahoma GEAR UP program, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently. The selection of 25 new school districts brings the total number of GEAR UP focus districts to 145.


Student Loan Forgiveness…What You Should Know!
December 3, 2003
-- People who are currently in the process of paying back their college student loans may be surprised to know that their student loans could be forgiven, cancelled or even discharged under certain circumstances. To help students and their families understand loan forgiveness, the Mapping Your Future Web site will be offering an online chat session on this topic at 6 p.m. Dec. 9.


State Regents Receive $75,000 Grant to Create Preparing for College Materials for Hispanics
November 10, 2003
-- The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have received a $75,000 grant from Lumina Foundation for Education to create public engagement materials that help Hispanic students and their parents understand how to better prepare for college. Specifically, a Web site and other materials for Spanish-speaking parents and students will be produced that provide information on the value of a college education, college costs, financial aid, entrance requirements and what kind of classes to take. The educational materials will be shared through Hispanic civic organizations, K-12 schools and higher education institutions.


Record Enrollment, Scholarship Needs Drive Budget Requests
October 31, 2003
-- Record college enrollment and the growing participation in the OHLAP scholarship program are among the items that are driving a total budget request of more than $902.4 million for FY05. The request includes an increase of $134.6 million from this year’s current budget. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved the budget request at their meeting in Oklahoma City Thursday.


State Regents Recognize 2003 OHLAP State Champions
October 30, 2003
-- Although Oklahoma high schools have yet to crown their football champions this fall, some state championships have already been decided. In a ceremony during their regularly scheduled meeting today, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recognized one high school from each class as OHLAP “State Champions.” The schools were honored for having the most 2003 graduates in the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), the state scholarship program which provides free college tuition to high school students who meet certain eligibility requirements.


Consolidating Loans Topic of Chat Event
October 27, 2003
-- Interest rates have dropped to their lowest levels in years. And for some students and parents who are trying to pay off student loans with higher interest rates, now may be a good time to take advantage of the low interest rates by consolidating those student loans.


Enrollment at Oklahoma’s Colleges and Universities Sets Record
October 8, 2003
-- According to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, total headcount is up 4 percent this fall compared with fall 2002. A total of 179,333 students have enrolled in classes this fall, the highest total enrollment ever for the state system. The number of new freshmen has jumped dramatically, increasing 8 percent.


U.S. GEAR UP Director to Deliver Keynote Address at 2003 Oklahoma GEAR UP State Conference
October 3, 2003
-- U.S. Director of GEAR UP Lynn Mahaffie is joining more than 200 Oklahoma higher education leaders and public school educators in Tulsa today as they gather to learn more about college readiness and academic preparation during Oklahoma’s fourth annual Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) State Conference.


Middle School and High School Students Will Benefit from Online Chat
September 30, 2003
-- Mapping Your Future, a public service Web site providing college, career, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services, will offer an online chat session for middle and high school students from 6-7 p.m., Oct. 7.


Media Advisory: U.S. GEAR UP Director to Visit Oklahoma as Educators Gather for Fourth Annual GEAR UP State Conference
September 30, 2003
-- Photo and news opportunity as the U.S. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Director Lynn Mahaffie attends the fourth annual Oklahoma GEAR UP Conference. She will be joined by additional national, state and local higher education leaders to speak with public school educators and learn more about Oklahoma’s innovative strategies for student success, best practices in staff development and effective methods for school improvement.


September is Oklahoma Higher Education Math and Science Month
September 15, 2003
-- September is Oklahoma Higher Education Math and Science Month, and the State Regents have created an online tool that makes it easy for students and parents to find help with math and science concerns or to boost current skill levels.


Junior High and High School Students Will Benefit from College Prep Publications
August 26, 2003
-- Thousands of Oklahoma eighth- through 12th-grade students will be receiving some valuable information soon that may help them prepare for a college education.


ACT Participation Rate Increases; Minority Students Show Significant Achievement Gains
August 20, 2003
-- More Oklahoma students are taking the ACT test than at any other time, and scores are remaining steady, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education learned recently. In addition, minority students, especially African American students, posted score gains in key content areas.


Students Must Respond Quickly to Sign Up for Scholarship
June 20, 2003 --
Time is running out for students just finishing the eighth, ninth or 10th grade who want to enroll in one of Oklahoma’s most successful and popular state college scholarship programs.


Deadline for State Grant Program Extended for College Students in Military
June 9, 2003 --
Oklahoma college students serving as part of our nation’s military who were either deployed to the Middle East or reassigned following Sept. 11, 2001, will now have more time to apply for a state-supported, student financial aid program.


OHLAP Scholarship Promise Kept, But Many Programs Suffer --
$83 Million in Overall Cuts to Higher Education

May 30, 2003 --
Oklahoma’s families counting on Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP) scholarships will be receiving some good news, while other programs and higher education institutions will face major cuts based on the budget that was passed Friday afternoon by the Oklahoma Legislature.


Chickasha High School and Higher Education Faculty Work to Strengthen Math Education
May 20, 2003 --
In an effort to increase coordination and understanding between high school and higher education mathematics programs, several area math educators met recently at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) to discuss curriculum needs, testing issues and learning expectations from both the high school and college perspectives. The meeting is part of a pilot project created as a collaborative effort between Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


Oklahoma Scholars 2003 Banquet Honors East Middle School and High School Students
May 5, 2003 --
Ninety-seven students from Ponca City East Middle School and 73 from Ponca City High School have been named Oklahoma Scholars 2003 in honor of their academic achievement this year.


Media Advisory: East Middle School and Ponca City High School Students Set to Receive Awards for Academic Achievements
April 30, 2003 --
Photo and news opportunity as students, parents, educators, higher education officials and local business leaders gather to honor more than 140 students from East Middle School and Ponca City High School. The evening ceremony will be a celebration of the students’ academic performance.


Further Cuts in Higher Education Could Lead to Broken Promises
April 28, 2003 --
Additional budget cuts being considered by Oklahoma lawmakers for higher education next year could have a dramatic impact on the lives of thousands of Oklahoma families and may cause officials to break several promises originally made to students and their parents.


Online Chat Could Make Student Loans Go Away
April 24, 2003 --
People who are currently in the process of paying back their college student loans may be surprised to know that their student loans could be forgiven, cancelled or even discharged under certain circumstances.


Trend of Seeing More Student Financial Aid Available for Oklahoma Students Continues
April 4, 2003 --
A report recently presented to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education revealed that more Oklahoma college students are receiving some form of financial aid and the total amount awarded has nearly doubled from a decade ago.


Addition of Courses Will Make Transferring Smoother for Oklahoma’s College Students
April 3, 2003 --
Transferring from one Oklahoma college or university to another has gotten even easier for many of Oklahoma’s college students. That’s because the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, meeting today at the Charles B. Goddard Center for the Arts in Ardmore, accepted the addition of 417 courses to those transferable among state colleges and universities.


Robotics and Veterinary Medicine Among Free Summer Academies in Math and Science
February 18, 2003 --
Oklahoma middle and high school students can take a voyage in math and science this summer by building a robot, exploring human-animal interactions or using DNA to solve a crime. It’s all part of the 2003 Summer Academies in Math and Science coordinated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


Financial Aid Questions to be Addressed During February Events
January 27, 2003 --
This February, students and their parents can have personal, professional assistance in learning about financial aid and planning for college thanks to two upcoming events – “Cash for College” and College Goal SundaySM.


Three Oklahomans Receive Inaugural ‘Champions for Student Success’ Award
December 6, 2002 --
Oklahoma Sen. Cal Hobson, Bank of Oklahoma President and Chief Executive Officer Stan Lybarger and the Choctaw Nation's Director of Education Joy Culbreath have all been named recipients of the first-ever "Champions for Student Success" award, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced Thursday.


State Colleges and Universities Brace Themselves for Further Budget Reductions
December 5, 2002 --
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education today approved an additional $13.3 million in state-mandated cuts for FY2003. The cut reduces higher education’s original appropriation from approximately $851.3 million to $801.8 million, a $49.5 million reduction.


Oklahoma Higher Education Still Making Progress in Key Areas, State Report Card Reveals
December 5, 2002 --
The 2002 report card for Oklahoma higher education released today by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education shows Oklahoma is continuing to make some headway in preparing students for college and the workforce.


State Regents Name Focus School Districts for GEAR UP
December 3, 2002--
Thirty Oklahoma school districts have been selected to serve as focus districts for year four of the Oklahoma GEAR UP program, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently.


Report Shows College Graduates Staying Put, But Many Eventually Leave
November 4, 2002 --
Most Oklahoma college graduates stay in state to work immediately following graduation but many leave the state after five years, especially those graduates in high-tech fields such as engineering and computer science, according to a report released recently by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


Meeting Mandatory Cost Increases Tops Higher Education’s FY2004 Budget Request
November 1, 2002 --
Providing health insurance for faculty, staff and other support personnel is a priority next year for Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities, especially at a time when health insurance and other mandatory costs are rising dramatically with no let up in sight. In addition, officials expect funding for several of the state’s scholarship programs to climb next year as more students become eligible.


Oklahoma Still Lacking in Student Preparation, Report Shows
October 2, 2002 --
In Measuring Up 2002: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education released today by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Oklahoma scored higher grades in two of the five categories measured by the report card, but still has a long way to go in preparing its students for college-level work.


Education Leaders Focus on College Readiness at 2002 State GEAR UP Conference
September 17, 2002 --
More than 200 higher education leaders and public school educators gathered to learn more about college readiness and academic preparation today during Oklahoma’s third annual Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) State Conference.


State Regents Approve Revised Allocations Following State-Mandated Reductions
September 13, 2002 --
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education today approved revised allocations for Oklahoma’s state system of higher education following the Office of State Finance’s declaration Sept. 10 of a general revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year.


Media Advisory: Educators to Gather for Third Annual GEAR UP State Conference
September 12, 2002 --
Photo and news opportunity as the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education host the third annual Oklahoma Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Conference. National, state and local higher education leaders will join Oklahoma public school educators to learn more about innovative strategies for student success, best practices in staff development and effective methods for school improvement.


Oklahoma Students Taking More Advanced Placement Courses
August 28, 2002 --
Oklahoma’s 2002 high school graduates scored higher than their national counterparts on the SAT and are taking more Advanced Placement (AP) classes than in previous years, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education learned this week.


Oklahoma Gaining Ground in Latest ACT Scores
August 21, 2002 --
The average ACT score for Oklahoma high school seniors remain unchanged from last year, but the gap between Oklahoma’s average ACT score and the rest of the nation is narrowing, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education learned yesterday.


Higher Ed’s “Cash for College” Program Tabbed for National Award
August 16, 2002 --
When a group of Oklahoma financial aid administrators chose to sit near the front of a conference room filled with approximately 2,500 of their peers in New Orleans recently, little did they know that within minutes they would be accepting a national award.


More Oklahomans Possessing College Degrees, Latest Census Shows
June 27, 2002 --
Recent census figures show Oklahoma higher education is making some headway in meeting its Brain Gain 2010 goal of increasing the number of college graduates in the state, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education learned today.


Deadline Approaching for Students to Enroll in State Regents' Scholarship Program
June 10, 2002 --
Students just finishing the eighth, ninth or 10th grade have only a few weeks left this year to enroll in one of the most successful and talked-about state scholarship programs to come down the pike in a long time, a program that has already helped thousands of Oklahoma students fulfill their dreams of going to college.


Experts to Share Financial Aid, Career-Planning Advice During Chat Event
June 6, 2002 --
Looking for ways to pay for a college education or preparing for a career can be taxing for a lot of people. But thanks to a public service Web site that provides college, career and financial aid information and services, help is just a click away.


Media Advisory: East Middle School Students Set to Receive Awards for Academic Achievements
May 16, 2002 --
Photo and news opportunity as students, parents, educators, higher education officials and local business leaders gather to honor 72 students from East Middle School.


Online Chat Event to Focus on Online Student Aid and Scholarships
May 3, 2002 --
Oklahoma students and parents can find out what college, financial aid and scholarship resources are available over the World Wide Web during an online chat session from 2-3 p.m. May 9 on the Mapping Your Future Web site.


Governors Association's Education Event to Highlight Oklahoma's Early Intervention Efforts
April 9, 2002 --
Student success has been a hallmark of many of the initiatives created and implemented by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education during the last decade. Several of those initiatives have drawn praise from groups and organizations nationwide.


State's College-Bound Students More Prepared Report Shows
April 4, 2002 --
When he first announced his retirement last fall, Hans Brisch said that of all the honors bestowed upon him over the years, he was most proud of being informally recognized as Oklahoma's "student success chancellor." And if remediation figures released today are any indication, that moniker has little chance of disappearing.


State Schools Recognized By State Regents for Low Remediation
April 4, 2002 --
Recent studies clearly indicate that the more prepared students are in high school, the better their chances of succeeding in college. Nobody understands that more than the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, who have recognized nine Oklahoma high schools for maintaining the lowest remediation rates in the state from 1998-2000. The rankings come as a direct result of findings in the latest High School Indicators Project.


Online Chat Session to Provide Financial Aid, Scholarship Information
March 28, 2002 --
The World Wide Web has proven to be an invaluable research tool for millions of American students in recent years. Students can even obtain financial aid information online, as well as discover the many college scholarship resources available over the Web.


Area Middle School Students GEAR UP for College at USAO
March 5, 2002-- More than 200 seventh- through 10th-grade students headed off to college today to learn more about the importance of planning for college as well as the rewards of a teaching career. The campus visit is sponsored by the comprehensive college preparation program Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), the College of Education at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) and a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Minority Teacher Recruitment program. Participating students from Boone-Apache, Comanche, Indiahoma, Marietta and Ryan schools spent the day learning about financial aid, academic requirements and admission standards, as well as touring the USAO campus.


Space Exploration and Crime Solving Among Many Activities Offered to Students
Feb. 25, 2002 --
This Summer Oklahoma middle and high school students can add some adventure to their summer vacation this year by exploring Mars, saving an endangered species or using DNA to solve a crime. It's all part of the 2002 Summer Academies in Math and Science sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Students can check out the excitement online by visiting Oklahoma higher education's Student Center Web site.


State Regents Name Focus School Districts for GEAR UP
November 30, 2001 --
Thirty-one Oklahoma school districts have been selected to serve as focus districts for year three of the Oklahoma GEAR UP program, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently. As focus schools, the districts will conduct needs assessments to identify gaps and weaknesses in district services designed to prepare seventh through 12th grade students both academically and financially for college. The results from the assessments will be used to tailor plans for implementing GEAR UP services that will fill those gaps. Oklahoma GEAR UP staff also work directly with the schools to help implement the new programs and services.


Education Leaders Focus on Student Success at 2001 State GEAR UP Conference
Sept. 19 , 2001 --
More than 180 higher education leaders and public school educators celebrated student success during Oklahoma's second annual Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) State Conference. The conference was held at East Central University in Ada and was designed to help participants learn innovative approaches for student and program success as well as discuss specific strategies local schools could use to help students achieve their potential through the GEAR UP initiative.


Download 2001 GEAR UP State Conference Powerpoint Presentations
The State of GEAR UP in Oklahoma
(2.98MB)
Advocacy -- Washington and GEAR UP (78k)


2001 School Year Rings in New State Regents' Focus on Student and School Success
August 6, 2001 --
With the upcoming school year on the horizon, the State Regents are geared up to assist schools in strengthening their teaching, learning and overall student performance from a whole school perspective - all in an effort to help ensure Oklahoma's students are ready for college and prepared to succeed.


State Regents Recognize State's 8th and 10th Graders for College Preparation
May 25, 2001 --
Thousands of Oklahoma's eighth- and 10th-grade students who took part in ACT's EXPLORE and PLAN tests this year have been recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as Oklahoma Scholars for 2001.


State Leaders Attend GEAR UP Resource Event
April 24, 2001 --
More than 50 state educators from 28 Oklahoma school districts recently met at the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Resource Partner Showcase to gather information about potential resources and resource partners to help them improve student college readiness in their respective districts.


GEAR UP States Embark on Standards and Assessment Alignment Project
March 22, 2001 --
Four states are collaborating on a new education project aimed at ensuring that no child is left behind in preparing for college and work. The project is part of GEAR UP, the federal effort to help students in Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.


Public Education Officials 'GEAR UP" for Technology in 21st Century
March 9, 2001 --
A contingent of more than 36 Oklahoma public education officials recently spent part of their workweek discovering new techniques to help prepare their students for the 21st century.


Area Educators Attend GEAR UP Seminar on New Technology Implementation in Public Schools
December 22, 2000 --
Oklahoma public school officials from across the state spent part of last week learning effective methods to prepare students to thrive in a high tech society. The technology focused executive seminar, hosted by Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), brought the expertise of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, OneNet -- Oklahoma's telecommunications network, and JDL Technologies together to present models for creating cutting edge learning environments in Oklahoma's schools.

Oklahoma Awarded Supplemental GEAR UP Funding
December 8, 2000 --
Oklahoma has won $200,000 in supplemental federal grant money to study and implement activities to strengthen student preparation and college success not only in Oklahoma, but in other states as well, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced today.


National Report Card Grades Oklahoma Higher Education:
Findings Mirror State Regents 2000 Accountability Report

December 1, 2000 --
In the state-by-state report card 'Measuring Up 2000' released today by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Oklahoma received mostly average scores in higher education performance. Findings detailed in the report appear to be consistent with previous accountability and indicator reports published this year by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


State Regents Name Focus School Districts for GEAR UP
October 25, 2000 --
Thirty Oklahoma school districts have been selected to serve as focus districts for the second year of the Oklahoma GEAR UP program, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced.


Oklahoma Campus Compact Established to Advance Community Service and Service Learning Programs
October 23, 2000 --
Presidents of Oklahoma's public and independent colleges and universities have joined forces to form the Oklahoma Campus Compact, a program geared toward strengthening student involvement in community service and service learning programs on college and university campuses, the State Regents announced today.


Media Advisory: Announcement of Oklahoma Campus Compact
October 23, 2000 --
Photo and news opportunity as Presidents of Oklahoma's public and independent colleges and universities come together in formal support of the Oklahoma Campus Compact, a program geared toward strengthening student involvement in community service and service learning programs on college and university campuses.


Survey Shows Majority of Oklahoma Students Plan to Attend College
October 9, 2000 --
Photo and news opportunity as Presidents of Oklahoma's public and independent colleges and universities come together in formal support of the Oklahoma Campus Compact, a program geared toward strengthening student involvement in community service and service learning programs on college and university campuses.


Education Leaders, Parents Focus on Student Success at Statewide GEAR UP Conference
September 25, 2000 --
More than 230 national, state and local higher education leaders; public school educators; and parents are celebrating student success recently during Oklahoma's first Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Statewide Conference.


Thousands to Benefit from Increase in State Regents' Scholarship Program
September 21, 2001 --
Thousands of additional Oklahoma eighth, ninth and 10th grade students now have access to free college tuition through the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently.


Media Advisory: GEAR UP to Host First Annual Statewide Conference
September 19, 2000 --
Photo and news opportunity as the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education host the first annual Oklahoma Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Conference. National, state and local higher education leaders will join Oklahoma parents and public school educators to celebrate student success in support of U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley's America Goes Back to School initiative. Conference participants will learn innovative strategies for program and student success, plan local school intervention strategies and discuss proposed changes in GEAR UP implementation.


State Regents Announce Oklahoma SAT Scores Above National Average
August 29, 2000 --
Oklahoma students taking the SAT continue to score significantly above the national average, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently.


Oklahoma Makes Most Significant Gains in Nation on ACT; Minority Students Credited With Progress
August 17, 2000 --
Oklahoma students made the most significant gains in the nation on the ACT test this year, with all minority groups posting record highs, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently.


State Regents Appoint Smart Start Program Coordinators
July 26, 2000 --
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have named two coordinators to implement Oklahoma's mentoring and tutoring program, Smart Start, a key program supporting the State Regents' Brain Gain 2010 initiative.


State Regents Review Final Implementation Report on 44 Recommendations Made by a Citizens Commission
July 3, 2000 --
The final implementation report on 44 recommendations made by a Citizens' Commission designed to guide Oklahoma higher education into the 21st century was reviewed recently by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


Summer Academy Students Receive 21st Century Scholars Certificate
June 15, 2000 --
More than 1,600 students will receive 21st Century Scholars certificates as recognition for their participation in the State Regents Summer Academies in Math and Science. The certificates, signed by both President Clinton and Secretary of Education Richard Riley were provided by the U.S. Department of Education through Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) - a program designed to better prepare middle and high school students for college.


Media Advisory: Summer Academy Students to be Honored
June 12, 2000 --
Photo and news opportunity as 11th and 12th grade students receive 21st Century Scholars Certificates during their participation in the Summer Academy in the Health Sciences Professions, being held June 5-16 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.


Volunteers Needed for College Preparation Program
May 3, 2000 --
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education is cooperating with the Corporation for National Service to recruit committed individuals looking for an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of students.


Oklahoma Receives Multimillion Dollar Award to Encourage Student Success
April 7, 2000 --
Oklahoma has received a $5.2 million AmeriCorps Education Award to recruit, train and place mentors and tutors in Oklahoma schools next year, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently.


Senior Citizens Help Young People Achieve College Success
April 6, 2000 --
Dr. Dolores Mize, director of system advancement for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, spoke recently about the significant role grandparents and senior citizens can play in helping young people achieve college success.


State Regents Support National Mentoring Programs
March 16, 2000 --
Encouraging more Oklahoma college students to help younger students gain the math and reading skills they need to succeed is the goal of a statewide initiative being undertaken by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The State Regents have allocated $300,000 in seed money for Oklahoma public and private colleges and universities to participate in America Counts and America Reads, federal programs designed to bring more adult mentors and tutors into the nation's schools to help students in the first through ninth grades improve math and reading skills.


State Regents Name Focus School Districts for GEAR UP
March 1, 2000 --
Thirty Oklahoma school districts have been selected to serve as focus districts for the first phase of the Oklahoma GEAR UP program, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently.


State Regents Sponsor Free Summer Academies in Math and Science for Oklahoma Students
February 17, 2000 --
Oklahoma students who will be in the eighth through 12th grade next fall can now sign up for free Summer Academies in Math and Science sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


State Regents Name Regional Coordinators for GEAR UP
February 1, 2000 --
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have named five regional coordinators to help implement a new comprehensive college preparation program throughout the state.


State Regents To Distribute Financial Aid Bonus
December 10, 1999 --
Nearly 450 Oklahoma college students will receive a special bonus this holiday season, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have announced.


State Regents Name Ponca City School District First Focus School for GEAR UP
December 8, 1999 --
Ponca City Schools will serve as the ribbon-cutting school district for the Oklahoma GEAR UP program, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently.


Oklahoma Awarded Millions To Help Students Prepare for College
August 10, 1999 --
Ponca City Schools will serve as the ribbon-cutting school district for the Oklahoma GEAR UP program, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced recently.