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Spring 2024

Working groups for Strategic Initiatives are established

• Progress updates for Imperatives:


Imperative 1:

  • Indicators are positive with applications, admits and enrollment deposits for another high enrollment milestone for fall of 2024. The augmentation of scholarship funding contributes to OSU's increased competitiveness and accessibility.
  • Working groups are established to focus on improving access for underrepresented populations and increasing yield rates. 

Imperative 2:

  • The centralization of advising for first-year students will begin fall of 2024. The advisors in the new Office of Student Success will receive specialized training in first-year retention initiatives and will operate under a model of differentiated care.  
  • Associate provost Dr. Shannon Baker is leading the working group tasked with implementation of the advising restructuring, and aligning the responsibilities and workloads of all advisors across campus. This will enable advisors to focus more effectively on direct work with students.
  • Freshmen Fall ‘23 to Spring ‘24 retention is 92.3% (+0.8%) compared to last year.

Imperative 3:

Imperative 4:

  • The portfolio will launch in fall of 2024.
  • A platform has been selected and learning outcomes have been developed to guide students through curricular and co-curricular experiences that culminate in an Ideal Graduate that exhibits the four competencies.  

Imperative 5:

  • Cowboy Compass brings coherence to the existing General Education (GE) system by establishing outcomes-based learning objectives, providing the foundation needed for specialized study and professional success, and creating cross-disciplinary student cohorts. 
  • Faculty are encouraged to submit ideas for Cowboy Compass Trails by completing these forms (Faculty Trail Idea Proposal and Guidelines for Faculty Trail Blazers)  and sending them to Chris Francisco by 5 p.m. on April 17.
  • Cowboy Compass Trails thematically organize GE courses around ‘big questions,’ designed using faculty expertise and drawn from OSU’s strategic plan areas, UN Sustainable Development Goals or other key contemporary issues. Students may earn a certificate in a Trail while meeting their GE and overall degree plan requirements. 
  • The University-Wide General Education Working Group (GEWG) is currently engaged in activities to facilitate the development of Cowboy Compass based on the 2022 recommendations of the General Education Task Force and in alignment with OSU’s “We Are Land-Grant” strategic plan. 
        • A pilot will launch in fall of 2024 with a full general education reform planned for fall of 2025. 
  • The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and OSU-OKC announced a new partnership to promote an advanced workforce education work/study initiative: The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) program. FAME strengthens OSU Polytech’s innovative pathways to quality employment for hundreds of Oklahomans through OSU-OKC.

Imperative 6:

  • As of January 2024, OSU researchers have already exceeded the number of grants and contracts they were awarded in the entirety of FY2023. In terms of grant and contract dollars, OSU has already booked 84% of last year’s record-breaking total. OSU is on track to set new grant funding records in 2024.
  • The Innovation Foundation at Oklahoma State University launched with a bold vision to expand applied research and technology commercialization
  • The Innovation Foundation at OSU has released a vision plan for a reimagined, 678-acre collaborative research park in southwest Stillwater.

Imperative 7:

  • The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services partnered with OSU to celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Donahue Behavioral Health facility. This 200,000-square-foot facility on the OSU-OKC campus will replace the Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma, which has been the state’s primary mental health hospital for over a century.
  • OSU-CHS earned the No. 1 ranking in the percentage of graduates practicing medicine in Health Professional Shortage Areas from U.S. News and World Report’s annual medical school rankings.  
  • OSU’s STEM programs ranked among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Online Programs rankings.  
  • The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program, an experience dedicated to empowering leadership in agriculture and rural Oklahoma, celebrates 40 years in 2024.
  • The Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council has joined forces with its members to support the New Frontiers campaign, helping to build a new home for Oklahoma State University Agriculture.
  • OSU Extension program to boost digital retail opportunities in rural areas
  • Dr. Jayson Lusk is in his first year as dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
  • OSU cuts ribbon for LaunchPad Center for Advanced Air Mobility with Tulsa Innovation Labs and Osage Nation; Signs Space Act Agreement with NASA.

Imperative 8:

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