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Strategic Planning Process

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Strategic Plan Development

In May 2022, State Regents’ Chair Jeffrey W. Hickman appointed a committee to develop a new Strategic Plan to guide the Oklahoma state system of higher education through 2030. Specifically, the Strategic Planning Committee was charged to develop specific goals with corresponding metrics of success to:

  • Increase Oklahoma‚Äôs educational attainment.
  • Align higher education programs with workforce needs.
  • Leverage system resources effectively and efficiently.

The Strategic Planning Committee held its organizational meeting on June 16, 2022. The following subcommittees were formed to support the work of the committee during the Strategic Planning process:

  • Workforce Development
  • Student Pipeline
  • Student Success
  • System Operations

Throughout the planning process, the Strategic Planning Committee and its subcommittees met a total of 18 times. The Strategic Planning Committee considered issues related to each subcommittee and provided direction on potential areas of subcommittee focus. Subcommittee meetings centered on in-depth exploration of issues, examination of best practices, and development of recommendations and potential key performance indicators. Areas of exploration during the Strategic Planning process included:

  • K-12 partnerships
  • Concurrent enrollment
  • Student demographics
  • Systemwide marketing initiatives
  • CareerTech partnerships
  • Transfer and articulation
  • Adult learners
  • State system student success and degree completion initiatives
  • National best practices for student success
  • Oklahoma‚Äôs current and future workforce needs
  • State system workforce and economic development initiatives
  • State system governance structure
  • Geographic service areas
  • Institutional partnerships and collaborations

Stakeholder Engagement

Strategic Planning Committee Chair Regent Courtney Warmington, Chancellor Allison Garrett and State Regents’ staff members met with key stakeholders before and during the planning process to gather information, identify common challenges and opportunities, and solicit feedback about potential recommendations.

Stakeholder Groups

  • K-12
  • CareerTech
  • College and university presidents
  • National higher education organizations
  • Tribal entities
  • Legislators
  • Executive branch officials
  • Business owners
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Community organizations
  • Higher education experts