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Pillar 2

Pillar 2: Prepare Students for a Life of Success, Meaning, Service, and Positive Impact

Strategy 1:
Foster a student-centered culture across the institution.


Tactic 1: Incentivize and reward outstanding teaching and mentorship of students.

Tactic 2:  Ensure that OU’s top researchers are engaged in the classroom and that all OU students are connected to faculty who are on the forefront of discovery and creativity.



Strategy 2:
Improve undergraduate and graduate degree completion.


Tactic 1: Enhance and prioritize fundraising for need-based aid to increase retention and raise the six-year graduation rate from 67% to 75%.

Tactic 2: Reduce required degree hours and increase flexibility for students who change majors.

Tactic 3: Expand mental health resources and services to meet demonstrated increases in student clinical needs and improve awareness of mental health issues and resources for faculty and staff.



Strategy 3:
Support and reward excellence in teaching within the classroom.


Tactic 1: Work with the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Graduate School to create an infrastructure of faculty, graduate student, and staff interaction and support for professional development, innovation, and teaching excellence at all levels.

Tactic 2: Develop fair and rigorous metrics for evaluating teaching effectiveness, and reward and promote outstanding performance.



Strategy 4:
Ensure learning experiences outside the classroom, such as faculty mentored research, service learning, and leadership opportunities for every OU student, undergraduate and graduate.


Tactic 1: Design undergraduate research opportunities for every academic major, ensuring experiential learning within every major.

Tactic 2: Purposefully cultivate global perspectives.

Tactic 3: Set clear service learning, volunteerism, and leadership expectations in the student experience for everyone.



Strategy 5:
Embrace global engagement as an integral part of the OU experience.


Tactic 1: Build on OU’s legacy of excellence, brand strength, and international assets to promote study abroad experiences as widely as possible for a major public institution.

Tactic 2: Ensure that every major includes educational experience that situate disciplinary knowledge in a global perspective.

Tactic 3: Commit to cultural programs and extracurricular experiences that dramatically enhance the global awareness of all students, faculty, and staff.



Strategy 6:
Ensure that every academic program has a curriculum combining liberal arts, innovation, and engagement, while providing all students with essential skills to succeed.


Tactic 1: Develop college-level curricula review committees to assess the state of the curriculum and institute revisions that ensure an OU education produces broad, versatile, creative, and civic-minded leaders.

Tactic 2: Establish student advisory council to the Provost’s Office to provide insights and advice to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost regarding academic administration and curriculum.

Tactic 3: Expand the impact of the Honors College with innovative programs that cut across disciplines, aiming to provide interdisciplinary solutions to real-world problems.

Tactic 4: Purposefully cultivate communication, teamwork, leadership, listening and fundamental business skills.

Tactic 5: Track and expand external (industry, federal, other universities) internships, fellowships, and mentorships.

Tactic 6: Evaluate structure and performance of university-level Career Services relative to peers to ensure best-in-class and expand external engagement  role to ensure OU is meeting workforce needs of the state.

Tactic 7: Ensure that every College has a highly effective Board of Visitors whose charge includes making certain that OU’s curricula are engaged with industry and societal needs.



Strategy 7:
Enhance extracurricular activities to extend learning experiences beyond the classroom.


Tactic 1: Design and implement a best-in-class suite of extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities that provide intellectual, social, and emotional growth.

Tactic 2: Provide individual and collective awards and recognition for extra- and co-curricular engagement that benefit others.

Tactic 3: Make student organizational involvement a desired transformative experience in the lives of all students.

Tactic 4: Utilize the first-year housing experience to enrich the social, intellectual, and emotional growth of students, including promoting cross-cultural engagement and understanding.

Tactic 5: Actively support financially constrained students to enable participation in extracurricular activities.

Tactic 6: Leverage strength of OU Athletics to enhance the experience of students on campus and overall institutional affinity.

Tactic 7: Expand awareness of and engagement with the visual and performing arts on campus.

Tactic 8: Establish stable funding for prominent, student-led cultural programs.

Tactic 9: Ensure safety and accessibility on campus for all students, faculty, and staff.



Strategy 8:
Increase doctoral degree completion from 62% to 70%.


Tactic 1: Develop a culture of graduation, including reducing required doctoral degree hours to 60.

Tactic 2: Make need-based aid for graduate programs a fundraising priority.

Tactic 3: Bring Ph.D. funding to competitive levels with benchmark institutions.

Tactic 4: Provide comprehensive graduate faculty mentorship training through the Center for Faculty Excellence and conduct graduate program climate surveys to identify target areas for improvement.