The Agenda for Excellence

A Strategic Plan for Southwestern Oklahoma State University

To the University Community:

In the summer of 1998, a Planning and Resource Council (PRC) was established to initiate the process to develop a vision for Southwestern Oklahoma State University. As a part of this process, three teams were selected to meet certain objectives. These objectives included an internal scan, an external scan, and a values scan of University stakeholders. Over forty individuals, consisting of faculty and staff, comprised these scan teams. The teams began their work in September 1998, and reported the results of their work to the PRC in November 1998. On December 9, 1998, sixty-five individuals from the University and the community were involved in developing a strategic visioning scenario using the data collected by the various scan teams. A basic scenario was developed by this group. On January 9, 1999, the PRC refined the strategic visioning scenario. Using the strategic visioning scenario as a basis for planning, the original group of sixty-five established goals to achieve the vision for the future. This group met on February 10 and 11, 1999. From this meeting, several goals emerged. The goals are ranked in order of priority. I commend the Planning and Resource Council, the scan teams, and others who participated in this effort. I pledge my support as we work together to achieve these planning goals which are critical to the future of SWOSU.

Dr. John Hays President