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Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Last Updated: 2013 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

Oklahoma's Advanced Placement Incentive Program provides financial assistance to public school teachers and schools to build and maintain successful AP and IB programs. It also provides test fee assistance to public school students who are in financial need or who take more than one AP and IB test in one year. The state board of educations' Academic Performance Index used to measure performance of schools, including the academic performance of students, consists of a variety of indicators including AP participation. In addition, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, in cooperation with the state board of education, actively encourages concurrent enrollment of high school students of exceptional ability. The state board of education must prepare promotional materials explaining the requirements, features, and opportunities of concurrent enrollment and must ensure that the school districts distribute the materials to students. No institution of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education may deny enrollment in any course to any otherwise qualified high school student, or student of at least 13 years of age who is receiving high school level instruction at home, who meets the requirements of concurrent enrollment. No school district may prohibit any student who meets the requirements of concurrent enrollment from participating. Each high school senior who meets the eligibility requirements for concurrent enrollment is entitled to receive a tuition waiver equivalent to the amount of resident tuition for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. (Last updated 2008)

Advanced Placement / Advanced Standing

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 11-103.6d - Certificates of Distinction
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1210.701 - Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program: Administration of Program
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1210.702 - Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program: Definitions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1210.703 - Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program: Financial Incentive Awards
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 7-204 - Preference for Allocations from Funds
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.15 - Credit for Extrainstitutional Learning

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 11-103.6 - State Board of Education - Adoption of Curriculum Standards - Option for High School Graduation - Adoption and Approval of Promotional System
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 628.13 - High School Students - Concurrent Enrollment in College or University Courses - Tuition Waiver

International Baccalaureate

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1210.702 - Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program: Definitions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1210.703 - Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program: Financial Incentive Awards
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.15 - Credit for Extrainstitutional Learning

Tech-Prep/Technical and Vocational Education

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 7-204 - Preference for Allocations from Funds
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ADULT LEARNERS

Oklahoma offers a variety of services at local Adult Learning Centers throughout the state, including: literacy and basic skills, workplace education, ESL, corrections education, GED, and family literacy. The Oklahoma Quality Program Action Plan provides a framework for adult education program accountability and improvement. The Oklahoma Department of Education, Lifelong Learning Section, measures progress through federal and state indicators of program quality. Measures include a variety of reports and self-assessments, in addition to onsite technical assistance visits and Adult Education and Literacy Program Reviews. All local programs must submit an annual Program Action Plan. The board of education of any school district can provide educational facilities and programs, such as vocational and adult education courses, above the twelfth grade, and are known as a Municipal Junior College. The State Board of Education matches school districts' funds if they offer courses leading to a GED. Reach Higher, the State's degree completion program-offers associate's degrees in business administration or general studies for working adults who already have at least 18 credit hours and bachelor's degrees in organizational leadership for working adults who have at least 72 credit hours. Inmates who are eligible for work release programs, parole, or release, are able to take education, rehabilitation, and/or vocational-technical training courses through the Department of Corrections. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Basic Education/Literacy

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 8005 - Adult Literacy Services Advisory Committee - Members

Adult Learners, Funding

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-110 - Adult Education Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-110.1 - Allocation of Funds for Adult Education

Adult Learners, General Policy

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 4421 - Separate Technology Center District for Vocational and/or Technical Secondary and Adult Education Programs not Authorized or Prohibited

Adult Workforce Education and Training

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 538 - Vocational Technical Education Policies and Programs

Credit for Prior Learning

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.15 - Credit for Extrainstitutional Learning

Military/Veterans Education

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2281 - Former Prisoners of War - Persons Missing in Action - Dependents - Free Tuition
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.12 - Financing of Education and Training of Veterans - Tuition and Fee Waiver Scholarships - Educational Assistance Programs
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 4201 - Establishment, Program, Admission of nonresidents
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education developed an on-line Course Equivalency Project (CEP) in 1998 that provides course equivalency information to facilitate student transfer within the state system of higher education. Its database contains faculty-generated course equivalency information for over 8,000 courses organized by discipline. Lower division coursework cannot substitute for upper-division credit hour requirements, and a student must still complete the full amount of upper-level semester hours required for a baccalaureate degree. However, the content is transferable and a student need not repeat content or learning competencies acquired in an equivalent lower-division course. The equivalencies developed by faculty are approved by their institutional chief academic officers, then by the State Regents who also publicize the newly approved equivalencies on the CEP website. Legislation passed in 2003 also directs the Regents to work with institutional faculty and administrators to ensure that students move smoothly from one level of education to another. (Last Updated 2011)

Common Course Numbering

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3207.1 - Transfer of Credits - Development of Policies - Legislative Intent

Comprehensive Initiative

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 11-111 - College Preparatory Curriculum - Parental Approval for Exemption
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-184 - Teacher Preparation Act: Authority of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Vocational and Technical Education
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-185 - Teacher Preparation Act: Competencies and Methods to be Incorporated into Teacher Preparation System
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-199 - Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation - Creation - Duties
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-200 - Professional Development Institutes

General Education Core

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 11-103.6 - State Board of Education - Adoption of Curriculum Standards - Option for High School Graduation - Adoption and Approval of Promotional System

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.14 - Undergraduate Degree Requirements
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.9 - Institutional Admission and Retention

Statewide Articulation Guides

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3207.1 - Transfer of Credits - Development of Policies - Legislative Intent
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.10 - Undergraduate Transfer and Articulation

Transfer Agreements

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3207.1 - Transfer of Credits - Development of Policies - Legislative Intent
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.10 - Undergraduate Transfer and Articulation
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Oklahoma has operated a comprehensive student unit record system since 1977 which is linked to state Unemployment Insurance wage, CareerTech, and ACT records and is used in support of its comprehensive accountability reporting and budgeting system. Legislation passed in 1991 paved the way for the development of a comprehensive assessment plan by allowing institutions to charge students up to one dollar per credit hour to support student assessment efforts. The plan requires the systematic collection, interpretation, and use of information about student learning and achievement to improve instruction. The policy also addresses the need to demonstrate public accountability by providing evidence of institutional effectiveness. Each institution must evaluate students at four levels including: entry level to determine academic preparation and course placement; mid-level, to determine general education competencies; program outcomes (exit level) to evaluate outcomes in the student's major; and student satisfaction, to ascertain students' perceptions of their educational experiences. The State Regents publish a state-level report card with goals for measures along the lines of the national report card "Measuring Up." (Last updated 2008)

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Annual Student Assessment Report - Oklahoma State System of Higher Education
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1210.505 - Oklahoma School Testing Program Act
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1210.531 - Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1210.541 - Student Performance Level - Accountability System
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1210.545 - Oklahoma School Testing Program Annual Reports
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-104 - State Board of Education-Powers and Duties
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-116.2 - Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-116.3 - Elimination of Education Oversight Board, Office of Accountability, and Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-116.4 - Transfer of Authority
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-117 - Office of Educational Quality and Accountability
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-118.1 - Budget and Operations Performance Reviews
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-162 - Student Tracking and Reporting (STAR) Pilot Program
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EARLY OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Oklahoma has a statewide pre-college outreach strategy outlined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in Brain Gain 2010, the State Regents' plan to increase the number of Oklahomans who hold a college degree by strengthening academic and financial preparation for college. The State Regents host a website with information and publications for K-12 students, including: "2003-2004 Guide to Oklahoma Colleges and Universities," "Grant and Scholarships Programs" booklet, "Are You Looking for Money?" brochure, Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program, a "GEAR UP for College" Information Packet, and "What's Your Plan for Life?" college guide. Oklahoma GEAR UP targets resources to 102,878 students in 180 school districts. Smart Start is a State Regents initiative to identify, recruit, train and place 3,600 mentors and tutors with Oklahoma children, youth and adults in existing school and community programs aimed at reducing educational failure and increasing chances for success. At the K-12 level, Oklahoma does not have a systematic way to identify and target students, collect student data across segments, allocate funds, evaluate programs, and report data. (Prepared by Andrea Venezia- Consultant / Reviewed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, FY 2003)

Early Awareness Programs / College Prep

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2605 - Public Awareness Program - Student Agreements
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FINANCE

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education establishes undergraduate resident tuition, nonresident tuition, and mandatory fees. Each institution and constituent agency may recommend to the governing board and to the State Regents tuition and mandatory fees to be charged to students. At the comprehensive universities, the combined average of the resident tuition and mandatory fees must remain less than the combined average of the resident tuition and fees at the state-supported institutions of higher education that are members of the Big XII Conference. At the regional universities and two-year colleges, the combined average of the resident tuition and mandatory fees must remain less than the combined average of the resident tuition and mandatory fees at similar state-supported institutions of higher education that include, but is not limited to, states adjacent to Oklahoma as determined by the State Regents. Beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year, each institution within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education is required to offer a guaranteed tuition rate to first-time, full-time resident undergraduate students for at least four consecutive academic years at the comprehensive and regional institutions and at least two consecutive years at the two-year institutions. Oklahoma grants tuition waivers to veterans, dependents of individuals who are prisoners of war or missing in action, and children of peace officers or firefighters killed in the line of duty. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.10 - Academic Service Fees
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.14 - Fees and Tuition Recommendations
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.2 - Establishment of Tuition and Fees by State Regents for Higher Education - Report of Tuition Schedule
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.8 - Undergraduate Resident and Nonresident Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.9 - Graduate and Professional Resident and Nonresident Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Okla. Stat. Tit. 70 3219.1 - Special Fees - Publication of Tuition and Fees
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3219.3 - Special Fees for Delivery of Courses and Programs to Governmental Activities
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3308 - School of Dentistry - Creation - Courses of Instruction - Degrees - Rules and Regulations - Tuition - Gifts and Grants - Location - Plan for Initiation

Fee-Specific Policies

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.10 - Academic Service Fees
Okla. Stat. Tit. 70 3219.1 - Special Fees - Publication of Tuition and Fees
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3219.3 - Special Fees for Delivery of Courses and Programs to Governmental Activities

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2281 - Former Prisoners of War - Persons Missing in Action - Dependents - Free Tuition
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.12 - Financing of Education and Training of Veterans - Tuition and Fee Waiver Scholarships - Educational Assistance Programs
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.13 - Waiver of Nonresident Tuition for Teaching Assistants or Research Assistants
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.7 - Waiver of Tuition for Children of Peace Officers or Firefighters Killed in Line of Duty
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3226 - Waiver of Nonresident Tuition
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3230 - Eligibility for Tuition Waivers
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, 2604 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program: Awards
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, 2632 - Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant: Eligibility Requirements - Application - Eligible Institutions - Permitted Courses and Programs

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 1924 - Collecting Fee on Promise to Grant Degree - Punishment
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.1 - Certain Courses Exempt from Tuition
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.14 - Fees and Tuition Recommendations
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.15 - Public Inspection of Reports submitted to U. S. Department of Education - Submission of IPEDS Tuition and Fee Charges to U. S. Department of Education
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3218.8 - Undergraduate Resident and Nonresident Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Okla. Stat. Tit. 70 3219.1 - Special Fees - Publication of Tuition and Fees
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3220 - Increase in Fees - Notice - Hearing
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3242.1 - Advancement of Hispanic Students in Higher Education Task Force
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 4703 - General Fee and Tuition Contributions - Appropriations - Investment in Quality Education - Intent of Legislature
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, 2603 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program: Eligibility Requirements
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, 2604 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program: Awards
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, 2605 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program: Public Awareness Program - Student Agreements
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

Oklahoma sets a common ACT cut score for course placement, but institutions select secondary exams and passing standards to further determine students' remedial needs. Students testing below minimal scores must enroll in and successfully complete remedial courses within their first 24 college-level credits. A Regents for Higher Education policy establishes community colleges as the main providers of remedial education since other institutions must support courses through student fees. Oklahoma produces a remedial education report that includes detailed information on participation rates, whether remedial students completed the core high school curriculum, and data on individual high school graduates? need for remediation. Oklahoma's Academic Performance Index (API) measures K-12 school performance and reports college remediation rates for recent high school graduates. Remediation rates contribute 10percent to the Academic Excellence component of the API. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Placement Policies

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RESIDENCY

Residency policies are determined by the state legislature. To qualify as a resident, a student must have established domicile in Oklahoma for at least one continuous year prior to enrollment. He or she must provide evidence that domicile was established for reasons other than to obtain resident tuition benefits. An individual who moves to Oklahoma for purposes of full-time employment, and his or her dependents are immediately deemed residents without having to fulfill the one year domiciliary requirement. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). An active member of the United States armed forces who is stationed in Oklahoma is eligible to qualify as a resident. His or her spouse or dependents are also eligible for resident status. An Oklahoma resident who is an active member of the armed forces and is stationed outside of the state does not lose his or her in-state residency status and neither do his or her dependents. Individuals who are not United States citizens, but hold lawful permanent residence status who have resided in Oklahoma for at least one year are eligible for resident tuition benefits. If an individual cannot provide valid documentation of legal immigration status, but has graduated from a state high school may be eligible for enrollment, resident tuition and state student financial aid if he or she meets specific criteria outlined in the legislation. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

Residency Policies Related to Military Service

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.17 - Residence Status of Enrolled Students
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education administer merit and need-based student financial aid programs provided by federal, state and private sources. The Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), also known as Oklahoma's Promise, is a unique need-based program for students who sign up in the eighth, ninth and tenth grades. Participants in the program must achieve a 2.5 grade point average by the time they graduate high school and the family's income must be 50,000 or less at the time of enrollment. This state has a few merit-based scholarships and a college savings program. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Oklahoma appropriated 47,742 million for need-based aid and 10,607 million for non-need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2282 - Heart of the Heartland Scholarship Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2292 - William P. Willis Scholarship Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2401 - Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Act: Short Title
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2402 - Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Act: Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Program - Purpose
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2403 - Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Act: Eligiblity Requirements - Enrollment Requirements - Levels of Scholarship Awards - Award Limits
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2404 - Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Act: Scholarship Award - Set-Aside of Funds - Additional Selection and Allocation Criteria - Awards to Nonresidents
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2405 - Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Act: Rules and Regulations - Requirement of Continuing and Satisfactory Progress Towards Degree - Conditions of Expenditure of Award Monies
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2406 - Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Act: Construction of Act - Authority to Control or Influence Educational Institutions Participating in Scholarship Program
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2407 - Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Act: Encouragement of High School Juniors to Take Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2601 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Act: Short Title
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2602 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Act: Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2603 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Act: Eligibility Requirements
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2604 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Act: Awards
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2605 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Act: Public Awareness Program - Student Agreements
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2630 - Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant: Short Title
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2631 - Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant: Purpose
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 2632 - Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant: Eligibility Requirements - Application - Eligible Institutions - Permitted Courses and Programs
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3953.1 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Trust Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 625.1 - Oklahoma Rural Medical Education Loan and Scholarship Fund: Fund Established
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 625.2 - Oklahoma Rural Medical Education Loan and Scholarship Fund: Scholarships - Power to Grant
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 625.3 - Oklahoma Rural Medical Education Loan and Scholarship Fund: Terms and Conditions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 625.4 - Oklahoma Rural Medical Education Loan and Scholarship Fund: Rules and Regulations
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 625.5 - Oklahoma Rural Medical Education Loan and Scholarship Fund: Eligibility - Amount - Renewal - Reports
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 625.6 - Oklahoma Rural Medical Education Loan and Scholarship Fund: Contracts
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.1 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Short Title
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.10 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Legislative Intent - Funding
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.2 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Aid Grants Created
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.3 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Administration
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.4 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Number of Grants - Work Schedule - Certain Students to Be Defined - Minimum Eligibility Requirements
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.5 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Discrimination
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.6 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Qualifications for Grant
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.7 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Awarding of Grant - Amount
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.8 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Effectuating Provisions of Act - Determining Priorities for Participation
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 626.9 - Oklahoma Higher Education Tuition Aid Act: Policies of Institutions Unaffected
Okla. Stat.tit. 70 263 - Guaranteeing of loans - Conditions - Rules
Okla. Stat.tit. 70 2640 - Oklahoma Health Care Workers and Educators Assistance Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.1 - Oklahoma College Assistance Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.10 - Renee Neuwald Memorial Scholarship
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.13 - Chiropractic Education Assistance Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.15 - Tulsa Reconciliation Education and Scholarship Act
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.16 - Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.17 - Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.18 - Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.2 - University and College Supporter Scholarship
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.3 - Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.5 - Chancellor Hans Brisch Scholarship Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.6 - William P. Willis Scholarship Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.8 - Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP)
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.9 - George and Donna Nigh Scholarship

Tuition Savings Plan

Okla. Stat. tit. 68 2358 - Adjustments to Arrive at Oklahoma Taxable Income and Oklahoma Adjusted Gross Income
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STUDENT RETENTION


Statewide Initiative

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.10 - Institutional Admission and Retention
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TEACHING QUALITY

Operating since 1997, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, an independent standards board, in collaboration with the State Regents, has been working toward implementing a competency-based teacher preparation system with a rigorous assessment system for new teachers and a system of professional development institutes to enhance the subject matter knowledge and skills of educators throughout their career. The State Regents have revised preparation programs, implementing a candidate portfolio and training state educators to conduct joint accreditation visits with NCATE team members using NCATE and state standards. The State Regents have issued a warranty since spring 2000 for all state education programs, guaranteeing the effectiveness of program graduates. A new performance-based assessment - examining general knowledge, professional knowledge and subject area expertise, designed by the OCTP and National Evaluation Systems - has been in place since 1999. Professional Development Institutes, bid on independently and externally evaluated, provide teachers with at least 35 contact hours in reading literacy, integrated math and science, mentoring and middle school math. The Institutes have been funded significantly by the legislature, providing experiential learning where participants must produce a useable work product for their classroom. Over the past few years, Oklahoma has focused much of its efforts to ensure that teachers receive high-quality, meaningful professional development, and in 2007 and 2008, the legislature has implemented recruitment efforts in hard-to-staff schools and subjects and became of a handful of states to grant a licensure to Teach for America candidates. (Last updated 2008)

Alignment of Teacher Preparation with K-12 Standards

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-185 - Teacher Preparation Act: Competencies and Methods to be Incorporated into Teacher Preparation System
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194 - District Professional Development Programs
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-200 - Professional Development Institutes

Compensation

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 18-114.12 - Teacher Salary and/or Fringe Benefits Schedule
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 5-141.2 - Incentive Pay Plans
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194 - District Professional Development Programs

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 3-152.1 - Academic Achievement Award Program
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194.2 - Scholarships for Attending Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194a - Northeastern Oklahoma State University Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Short Title
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.1 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Definitions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.2 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Education Leadership Oklahoma Program - Implementation Contingency
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.3 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.4 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Oklahoma National Board Certification Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.5 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Professional Development Institutes Revolving Fund
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.11 - Future Teachers' Scholarship Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.12 - Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.14 - Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program

Licensure and Certification

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-154.1 - Renewal of Standard Teaching Certificate
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-184 - Teacher Preparation Act: Authority of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Vocational and Technical Education
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-185 - Teacher Preparation Act: Competencies and Methods to be Incorporated into Teacher Preparation System
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-189 - Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act: Licensure and Certification System
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-190 - Qualifications for Teacher Employment, Licensure and Certification
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-202 - Teacher Competency Review Panel
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-203 - Hearings before State Board of Education Relating to Certification
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-203 - Hearings before State Board of Education Relating to Certification
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, 6-122.4 - License for Teach for America Program Participant - Exemption From Residency Program

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-182 - Teacher Preparation Act: Definitions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 698 - Professional Training Institutes

Professional Development

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-129.1 - Minority Teacher Recruitment Advisory Committee
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-154.1 - Renewal of Standard Teaching Certificate
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-182 - Teacher Preparation Act: Definitions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-184 - Teacher Preparation Act: Authority of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Vocational and Technical Education
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-185 - Teacher Preparation Act: Competencies and Methods to be Incorporated into Teacher Preparation System
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-193 - Funding for Professional Development Programs
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194 - District Professional Development Programs
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194.2 - Scholarships for Attending Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194.2 - Scholarships for attending Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194a - Northeastern Oklahoma State University Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-199 - Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation - Creation - Duties
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-200 - Professional Development Institutes
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Short Title
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.1 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Definitions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.2 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Education Leadership Oklahoma Program - Implementation Contingency
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.3 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.4 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Oklahoma National Board Certification Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.5 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Professional Development Institutes Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-207 - Oklahoma Mathematics Improvement Program
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.22 - Teacher Professional Development Residency Program

Programs Evaluation

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Short Title
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.1 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Definitions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.2 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Education Leadership Oklahoma Program - Implementation Contingency
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.3 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.4 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Oklahoma National Board Certification Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.5 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Professional Development Institutes Revolving Fund

Recruitment

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-129.1 - Minority Teacher Recruitment Advisory Committee
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-130 - Minority Teacher Recruitment Center
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 3.23 - Minority Teacher Recruitment Center

Supply and Demand Strategies

Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-130 - Minority Teacher Recruitment Center
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 698 - Professional Training Institutes
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 5.14 - Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program

Teacher Preparation

Okla. Stat. tit. 29 2-138 - Residency Program
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-180 - Teacher Preparation Act: Short Title
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-181 - Teacher Preparation Act: Legislative Declaration - Interpretation of Act
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-182 - Teacher Preparation Act: Definitions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-183 - Teacher Preparation Act: Teacher Preparation System Described - Timetable for Implementation
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-184 - Teacher Preparation Act: Authority of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Vocational and Technical Education
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-185 - Teacher Preparation Act: Competencies and Methods to be Incorporated into Teacher Preparation System
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-186 - Teacher Preparation Act: Criteria for Approval and Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-187 - Teacher Preparation Act: Competency Examinations
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-188 - Teacher Preparation Act: Restructuring of Curriculum Examination System
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194 - District Professional Development Programs
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194.2 - Scholarships for Attending Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-194.2 - Scholarships for attending Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-199 - Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation - Creation - Duties
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-200 - Professional Development Institutes
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Short Title
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.1 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Definitions
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.2 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Education Leadership Oklahoma Program - Implementation Contingency
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.3 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.4 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Oklahoma National Board Certification Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-204.5 - Education Leadership Oklahoma Act: Professional Development Institutes Revolving Fund
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 6-207 - Oklahoma Mathematics Improvement Program
Okla. Stat. tit. 70 698 - Professional Training Institutes
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