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April 20, 2017 - State Regents Announce Membership of Task Force to Study the Future of Oklahoma Higher Education

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At their meeting today, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced the membership of the Task Force on the Future of Higher Education. The task force, which was formed at the State Regents’ March meeting, will conduct a systematic review of higher education in Oklahoma; examine existing initiatives and best practices; and report findings and recommendations on strategies that best support improving quality, access, affordability, and efficiency.

“Given the ongoing financial pressures on the state coupled with the imperative to raise attainment and graduation rates, the task force will examine ways to improve performance and optimize resources,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The central mission of the task force is to clearly position Oklahoma public higher education to meet the future challenges of maintaining accessibility and affordability without compromising quality. As such, the task force will focus on modernization, efficiencies and innovation. I appreciate the willingness of these individuals to dedicate their time, knowledge, and expertise to serve as task force members.”

The following individuals will comprise the State Regents’ Task Force on the Future of Higher Education:

State Regents (ex-officio, non-voting members)




The task force is charged to examine every aspect of system operations, including academic models, such as program and faculty sharing and targeted degree completion initiatives; online education models; structure; fiscal services and operational efficiencies; workforce development; and information technology to ensure they are properly aligned and defined to best serve the students and state. Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus of the University System of Maryland, past president of The Ohio State University and Senior Fellow with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, will serve as lead advisor to the task force.