Southeastern Celebrates Initiatives, Ribbon Cutting of Center for Student Success
Oklahoma Chancellor Glen D. Johnson makes a point during the event. Also on the program were, left to right, Regent Terry Matlock, Regent John Massey, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gregory Pyle.
Dignitaries from throughout Oklahoma joined Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, regents, and tribal leaders Jan. 24 for the “Celebration of Student Success Through Partnerships’’ event at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
The celebration highlighted Oklahoma’s “Complete College America’’ (CCA) initiative with examples of successful programs and partnerships in place at Southeastern and around the state.
Joining Chancellor Johnson on the program were Southeastern president Larry Minks; State Regent John Massey; Regional University System of Oklahoma Regent and Chair Terry Matlock; Chief Gregory Pyle of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; and Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation.
Following this event, a ribbon cutting was held for the Center for Student Success building, located in the old Campus bookstore/Magnolia Room. This one-stop facility includes the Academic Advising and Outreach Center, the Native American Center for Student Success, the Learning Center, the Writing Center, and the Office of Freshman Programs.
At the beginning of the CCA initiative, state colleges and universities annually awarded 30,500 degrees. CCA’s goal is to increase that number 67 percent so that by 2023 Oklahoma colleges and universities will annually award 50,900 college degrees. During the 2011-12 academic year, state colleges and universities awarded 33,499 degrees/certificates.
Major initiatives toward this goal are already under way, including working with K-12 by focusing on college readiness, transforming remediation, expanding collaboration with CareerTech, enhancing adult degree completion efforts, and tracking and rewarding improvements in degree completion.
Due to Oklahoma’s high level of collaboration, policy framework and long-term commitment to completion goal, CCA has designated Oklahoma as its national model for degree completion.
Established in 2009, CCA is a national nonprofit organization working to significantly increase the number of Americans with a college degree. The organization focuses on state policy change and building consensus among state leaders, higher education and the national education policy community.