DURANT – Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, regents, and tribal leaders are scheduled to be on the program Jan. 24 for “The Celebration of Student Success Through Partnerships’’ event at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
This event will also highlight Oklahoma’s “Complete College America’’ (CCA) initiative with examples of successful programs and partnerships in place at Southeastern and around the state.
Activities begin at 3 p.m. with a reception in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union loft, while the program begins at 3:30 p.m. in the atrium of the union.
Scheduled to be on the program with Southeastern president Larry Minks are Chancellor Johnson, 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.
At the event, Chancellor Johnson will provide an update on higher education as well as the CCA initiative.
At the inception of the 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.
Following this event, a ribbon-cutting for the Center for Student Success building, located in the old Campus bookstore/Magnolia Room, will be held at approximately 4 p.m. 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. Tours of the facility will also be offered.
The public is invited to attend both events.