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SWOSU 2018 – 2023 Strategic Planning


SWOSU has a tradition of developing strategic plans, which includes: strategic plans for 1998-2003, 2005-2010 and 2012-2017. The documents are archived on the web site at this link. The planning continues since SWOSU completed another successful regional continuing accreditation commitment from the North Central Association-the Higher Learning Commission in 2010-2011 for a full ten years. An administrative decision was made to bid out strategic planning to facilitate this open and deliberative process. We completed the strategic planning review process and the 2012 – 2017 university strategic plan can be located at http://dc.swosu.edu/spbooklet/1/.


The SWOSU Strategic Planning Executive Committee, which builds from past strategic plans, the recent Self-Study and Team Report by HLC, diverse focus group discussions, and relevant documents will create a Strategic Plan to guide the future of the University. Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying a stronger strategic position for SWOSU and a selected number of high impact initiatives to strengthen academic distinction, to enhance the student experience, and to advance service to a diverse region and local community.

Guiding Principles

The planning process will be:

  • Driven by statements of Values, Vision and the SWOSU Mission,
  • Positive
  • Mindful of campus culture, history, traditions and prior planning,
  • Open and collaborative,
  • Implementable and
  • Creative.

Assumptions & Approach

  • The Strategic Planning Executive Committee will guide and drive the process with support from subcommittees that will draw in a variety of stakeholders.
  • Stakeholders are defined as representatives from the student body, staff, faculty, and community leaders.
  • There will be regular contact with the President and University leadership throughout the process.
  • On-site representatives provide administrative support. Chair of the Strategic Planning Executive Committee is Associate Provost Dr. Joel Kendall
  • The SWOSU Strategic Plan will seek to align with the mission and plans for the Oklahoma State Regents Higher Education and the Regional University System of Oklahoma.
  • The role of the Strategic Planning Executive Committee is to facilitate a planning process that is largely completed by SWOSU rather than to create the plan.
  • The process will utilize a conversational approach where people address a set of fundamental questions that lead to the essential elements of a strategic plan, rather than placing heavy emphasis on planning language and jargon.
  • In keeping with this collaborative approach, SWOSU will provide the assistance needed for this planning project.
  • SWOSU will maintain a web site on which information about the process can be posted,including surveys, presentations, agendas and workbooks.
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