Northwestern's Strategic Plan - Rising Above - 2011-2015

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NWOSU Strategic Plan - Rising Above

The landscape surrounding higher education is continually changing, creating greater challenges, and opportunities, for institutions of higher education. In order to deal effectively with these changes, strategic planning is a highly-important process.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University completed the strategic plan – A Vision for Leadership - in 2010. The plan provided the blueprint for achieving tremendous success in improving curriculum and launching new academic programs, increasing enrollment, building campus infrastructure and increasing external support.

In the fall of 2010, Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, appointed a Strategic Planning Committee to lead the development of a new strategic plan. Dr. Stephen Reno, former chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire and president of Southern Oregon University, assisted the university in the process. With Northwestern’s next accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association scheduled for 2014, and work on the self-study document scheduled to begin in 2011, the decision was made to closely align the work of the Strategic Planning Committee and the North Central Steering Committee.

Our current strategic plan – Rising Above – details our work to build upon our past successes and position Northwestern to better serve our students, our communities and the citizens of Oklahoma. We invite you to read our strategic plan to see how Northwestern will thrive in today’s challenging times. Please feel free to offer your comments or thoughts on the plan at

You may access our previous Strategic Plan - A Vision for Leadership (2007 - 2010) here.

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Strategic Planning Committee

Dr. Steve Lohmann, Chair
Dr. Janet Cunningham, ex-officio
Allen "Skeeter" Bird
Dr. James Bowen
Myra Davison
Dr. Deena Fisher
Brad Franz
Leah Haines
Dr. Shawn Holliday
Dr. Mike Knedler
Dr. Tim Maharry
Dr. Steven Maier
Wendy McManus
Dr. Chandler Mead
David Pecha
Dr. Cynthia Pfeifer-Hill
Dr. Dean Scarbrough
Dr. Eric Schmaltz
Jesse Schroeder
Debbie Skinner
Karen Sneary
Steve Valencia
David Washington
Kimberly Weast
Lora Bryant - Woodward Campus
Tiffany George - Alva Campus
Michelle Kaufman - Enid Campus
Kyle Murrow - Alva Campus