Driving forces are those select factors or trends determined from the environmental scan that will most significantly impact the University in the future
- The population of underserved and underprepared students entering college within the state and across the nation will continue to rise.
- An increasing number of people in Oklahoma will be of minority ancestry.
- The population of northwest Oklahoma continues to decline causing the number of high school graduates also to decline.
- Competition for students will increase among colleges & universities for a declining student population.
- More people returning to school to work on their degree after having been in the workforce for 3-4 years after high school. This trend may especially be noticed on the branch campuses in Enid and Woodward.
- The trend towards increasing mobility of students and ability to use multiple institutions for degree completion.
- The number of students with special needs will increase.
- Sustainability will become an even more important societal value.
- State economy will continue to be driven by energy production.
- State funding will remain stable or decrease.
- The gap left in the budget by the lack of stimulus funds.
- Increasing expectations for constant web presence, rapid connectivity, use of mobile technology and up-to-date delivery systems.
- Increased needs for alternative methods of delivery of classes.
- Increased competition for resources among higher education institutions in the state and region (inconsistent funding formula).
- Increased internal and external expectations for accountability and assessment.
- Students attend multiple institutions for degree completion.
- Increased need for 24-hour support in student services, education and technology (delivery method).
- Assessment expectations relating to accreditation for degree and certificate programs.
- Increase in online degree programs offered by other universities.