The Tulsa Higher Education Consortium’s Spring Convening at NSU-Broken Arrow brought together members of all of the Consortium’s member institutions, affiliate organizations, and business and industry partners. The theme of the day was Expanding the Possibilities. Dr. Laura Latta (Executive Director, THE Consortium) kicked off the event with a video highlighting the stories of Tulsa-area students and graduates. President Steve Turner (NSU) set the tone for the day by highlighting the history of the Consortium and the fruitful future that lies ahead. The keynote address, delivered by Chancellor Allison Garrett (OSRHE), was a compelling and data-centered presentation about the critical role of higher education in preparing Oklahoma’s future workforce.
Collaborative Champions from Schusterman Family Philanthropies, Langston University, and Tulsa Community College were celebrated for their contributions to Tulsa-area higher education. Amber Miller (Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce) and Rue Ramsey (Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce) highlighted a variety of innovative partnerships between business and industry and higher education institutions in the Tulsa-area. Attendees wrapped up the day with a collaborative lunch discussion followed by a data exploration activity facilitated by Dr. Beulah Adigun. Throughout the data walk, groups examined and discussed national, state, and local higher education trends. Following the event, attendees shared that their favorite parts of the day were the keynote address, data exploration, and “being in person together again”.
The Consortium hosts two convenings per year. Save the Date for the 2022 Fall Convening on November 9th, 2022 at the University of Tulsa.