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Momentum Year Summit  

Complete College America (CCA) is the most comprehensive and ambitious higher education initiative ever undertaken by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is to increase the number of degrees and certificates earned in Oklahoma by 67 percent by 2023 to meet our state's workforce needs and keep Oklahoma competitive in a global economy.

Significant progress is being made toward these goals. In the first five years of the CCA initiative, the number of degrees and certificates earned in Oklahoma has increased by 8,912, surpassing the state benchmark of a cumulative increase of 8,500 degrees and certificates. While we have made substantial gains in the first five years, we acknowledge the growing challenges we face in maintaining this significant momentum.

Oklahoma institutions of higher education have implemented a variety of CCA Game Changer strategies aimed at increasing student success (15 to Finish, Math Pathways, and co-requisite support courses). Now, OSRHE is adding another element: the Momentum Year initiative. The Momentum Year is a suite of CCA strategies designed to help students in their crucial first year of college. The CCA strategies focus on ways institutions of higher education work with students to guide them on a path to achieve their educational goals, including successful degree completion and on-time graduation. The theory behind Momentum Year is to guide students to make decisions during their first year that put them on a clear path to graduation and help them avoid first-year mistakes that heighten the risk they will drop out.

The Momentum Year Summit provides a forum for investigating priorities, sharing highlights and presenting challenges. This event is also an opportunity to educate those who may not currently be involved in CCA activities and discuss strategies for broader campus engagement in completion work. A primary goal of the summit is to develop deeper dialog for individual institutions and the state system as we continue to implement strategies that focus on college completion. Additionally, the summit is an opportunity for institutions to think more deeply about how the Momentum Year integrates across the breadth of a student's experience at their college. Participants will work through a series of engaging and creative exercises to develop personal plans for action that will inform campuswide implementation plans.

OSRHE has invited campus representatives from the state system to participate in conversations around college completion strategies and activities. In addition to presidents, we are inviting teams of seven to nine members from each institution that include vice presidents of academic affairs and student affairs, chief fiscal officers, faculty, and staff to develop 18-month Momentum Year implementation plans. To assist in the development of these plans, national experts on aspects of the Momentum Year will be available during the summit to meet with institutions and provide insight.

On October 31, 2019, OSRHE will host the Momentum Year Summit at the University of Central Oklahoma Nigh University Center. The event will begin at 9:30 am and will conclude at 3:30 pm. Building on the experiences and successes of the CCA strategies, the summit will provide institutional teams with an opportunity to reflect upon the work they have accomplished to date and identify what remains to be done in order to fully implement a Momentum Year on their campuses by fall 2020.

The core team for each institution should include the president, chief business officer, vice presidents for academic affairs and student affairs, and one or two additional representatives from campus. It is recommended that the additional team members be selected to represent faculty, advising, institutional research and effectiveness, enrollment management, or other key components of the Momentum Year Plan.

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