The State Regents don’t yet have data to show how effective the program is. But Allison said the liaisons have already been able to make connections with students in their high schools.
Sarah Linn, the liaison at Northern Oklahoma College, said she’s seen the difference the program has made. Linn works with students from Newkirk, Caney Valley, Woodward and Guymon high schools.
Students in those schools often have a set of needs different from students in urban areas or larger towns.
Those students may have less exposure to what college campuses look like simply because of geography, she said. For example, a high school student in Edmond goes to school just a few miles away from the University of Central Oklahoma.
That isn’t the case for students from towns like Newkirk, she said, so campus visits are an important part of getting those students comfortable with the idea of college.
Most of the parents Linn works with didn’t go to college themselves. By and large, Linn said, parents have been receptive to her help. They want their children to go to college, she said, but they often don’t know where to begin.
“If you’ve never done it before, it’s a whole new world,” she said.