Northwestern Releases New Strategic Plan

July 21, 2022

Northwestern Oklahoma State University officials release the new strategic plan, “Success Lives Here,” that will guide the university in its endeavors for the next five years.

The University’s renewed strategic plan establishes goals and directions for the next five years that recognize and respond to the impact of an unstable economy, an ever-evolving employment market, and changing expectations for higher education institutions. The plan addresses four principal aims: (1) empowering faculty to deliver meaningful content and experience to students; (2) improving the campus environment and culture for students and employees; (3) advancing the mission of the university by enriching resources; and (4) placing further emphasis on recruitment and retention of students.

The previous plan guided university decision-making from 2016-2021, resulting in observable change. The university accomplished upgrades and improvements to facilities, and the implementation of the new Enterprise Resource System enabled many internal functions to work more efficiently. Less obvious but equally meaningful changes to academic programs and the academic experience occurred, while the university continued to affirm and guide critical collaboration with constituencies and supporters.

“Success Lives Here” was a yearlong collaborative effort with input from a diverse population of students, faculty, staff and alumni.

“We take pride in setting these new goals that will guide Northwestern into the future,” Dr. Bo Hannaford, university president, said. “I will refer to this document often to ensure we are working on meeting the goals of the university that were envisioned by our stakeholders.”

To view the new strategic plan, “Success Lives Here,” visit


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