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Oklahoma Student Preparation

College readiness is more than academic preparation. The aspirations of students and their families to achieve a college degree require guidance and support beginning at an early age, not just the senior year of high school. The Student Preparation Office of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education helps PK-12 educators and parents effectively prepare students for college readiness. Through online resources, regional workshops, on-site training and retreats, the student preparation team provides educators, parents and students with the resources necessary to ensure all Oklahoma students and their families are college ready.

Student Preparation Staff

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Oklahoma Student Preparation Team
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104-3603
PO Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850
Phone: 405.225.9156
Fax: 405.225.9230

Matt Higdon
Director of Student Preparation

Lisa Nelson
Assistant Director of Student Preparation

Theresa Battles
Staff Assistant II

Professional Development

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education support professional development that enhances student preparation.

Fall 2017 Professional Development Workshops
2016-17 Student Preparation Counselor Retreats
2016-17 Indian Education Retreats
2017 Counselor/Indian Ed Alumni Summer Institute

Fall 2017 Professional Development Workshops
Professional development workshops for administrators, counselors district test coordinators and curriculum leaders will be held statewide each fall. Topics will include:

For each workshop, registration begins at 8 a.m., and the workshops last from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, Sept. 6 Miami Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, 200 "I" St. NE, Bruce G. Carter Student Union, Regents Room
Thursday, Sept. 7 Broken Arrow Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, 3100 E. New Orleans St., Administrative Services Auditorium, First Floor
Friday, Sept. 8 Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May Ave., College Union, Rooms 1, 2 and 3
Tuesday, Sept. 12 Wilburton Eastern Oklahoma State College, 1301 W. Main, Main Building 410 A, Entrance C
Wednesday, Sept. 13 Ada Pontotoc Technology Center, 601 W. 33rd St., Main Building, Seminar Center
Thursday, Sept. 14 Ardmore Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, 2610 Sam Noble Parkway, Conference Room B
Wednesday, Sept. 20 Woodward High Plains Technology Center, 3921 34th St., Main Building, Room 21 A/B
Thursday, Sept. 21 Enid

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 2929 E. Randolph, Administrative Services Building, Room 127

Tuesday, Sept. 26 Altus Southwest Technology Center, 711 Tamarack Road, Auditorium Room

Early registration is encouraged as spaces are limited.

Online Registration (opens in new window)  

Printable Schedule (PDF, 48k)


2016-17 Student Preparation Counselor Retreats
PK-12th-grade counselors, please join us at a Counselor Retreat.  We will share best practices and meet other counselors throughout the state. The retreats will be held at various locations statewide October 2016 through June 2017. If you register, please make every attempt to attend, as cancellations or no shows take money from future Student Preparation Retreats and Institutes. Food and lodging are free!

Online Registration (opens in new window)  

Printable Flier and Agenda (PDF, 64k)


2016-17 Indian Educator Retreats
The Indian Education Retreat is a relaxing time for Indian education coordinators, tribal education directors and others involved with K-12 Indian education to come together and share best practices and ideas. Be ready to make friends and participate in a growing professional learning network of Oklahoma Indian Educators. If you register, please make every attempt to attend, as cancellations or no-shows take money from future Student Preparation retreats or institutes. Food and lodging are free! For more information, contact Matt Higdon at

Oct. 9-10, 2016 Fin and Feather Resort, Gore
Nov. 9-10, 2016 Tatanka Ranch, Stroud
Dec. 4-5, 2016 Roman Nose Lodge, Watonga
March 8-9, 2017 Tatanka Ranch, Stroud
April 30-May 1, 2017 Roman Nose Lodge, Watonga


2017 Counselor/Indian Ed Alumni Summer Institute
Counselor Retreat attendees and Indian Education Retreat attendees are invited to our 2017 Counselor/Indian Ed Alumni Summer Institute.

Join PK-12 school counselors and Indian education coordinators from all over the great state of Oklahoma collaborating with one another, sharing best practices and building your professional learning network at Quartz Mountain Resort!

If you have attended a counselor retreat or Indian ed retreat from 2009 to June 2017, you are eligible to register for our Alumni Summer Institute at Quartz Mountain Lodge near Lone Wolf. Registration deadline is April 30, 2017. Limited space available!

The Summer Institute will begin Tuesday, June 27, and conclude Friday, June 30. We are accepting POs and checks for our registration fee of $75.

If you have any questions, contact Lisa Nelson at or call 405.225.9257.

Again, registration deadline is April 30, 2017 and limited space is available, so register today!

Online Registration (opens in new window)