Northwestern Releases New Strategic Plan – Kiowa County Signal

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

The University’s renewed strategic plan sets goals and directions for the next five years that recognize and respond to the impact of an unstable economy, an ever-changing job market and changing expectations for institutions of higher education. The plan addresses four main goals: (1) empower faculty to deliver meaningful content and experience to students; (2) improve the campus environment and culture for students and employees; (3) advance the university’s mission by enriching resources; and (4) placing greater emphasis on student recruitment and retention.

The previous plan guided university decision-making from 2016 to 2021, resulting in observable changes. The university has made facility upgrades and improvements, and the implementation of the new enterprise resource system has allowed many internal functions to operate more efficiently. Less obvious but equally significant changes were made to academic programs and the college experience, as the university continued to affirm and guide critical collaboration with constituencies and supporters.

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

“We are proud to set these new goals that will guide Northwestern into the future,” said Dr. Bo Hannaford, president of the university. “I will refer to this document often to ensure that we are working towards achieving the goals for the university that have been envisioned by our stakeholders.”

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

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