SWOSU Language Arts Professor Serving on National Education Team

Valerie Reimers

Dr. Valerie A. Reimers, professor in the Language Arts Department at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, is serving on an eight-member Oklahoma team participating in the national American Diploma Project (ADP).

The ADP is directed toward aligning college, high school, and business expectations for students. Reimers serves as a content expert for language arts.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education are cooperating in this project to improve communication between high schools, universities and employers. Oklahoma is one of 22 states currently participating.  

The ADP has focused on math and language arts benchmarks and, according to Reimers, the group has found that Oklahoma's PASS (Priority Academic Student Skills) objectives for secondary education are closely aligned with those national benchmarks; however, all disciplines requiring math and language skills could benefit from the Oklahoma ADP team's work.  A further goal is for colleges and high schools to better understand and meet the needs of business as students enter the work force. 

In February and May, Reimers attended ADP Institutes in Alexandria, Virginia, and in April, she presented information to SWOSU faculty and administrators. Sponsored by the State Regents and Achieve, Inc., Reimers will attend a third ADP Institute in Big Sky, Montana on July 22-25.