In fall 2017, seven higher education institutions with a presence in the Tulsa region: Tulsa Community College, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, Rogers State University, the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, and the University of Tulsa, joined together to form the Tulsa Collaborative. This collaborative identified its collective priority as improving transfer student success. With support from the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, each participating institution embarked on a two-year effort to form an internal project leadership team, examine current transfer student outcomes and institutional practices supporting or inhibiting transfer success, and then created a campus-based Transfer Improvement Plan articulating a set of priorities that should be implemented internally by each institution to improve the transfer experience.
In recognizing the value of this transfer-focused work, the leadership of participating higher education institutions determined that the experience of students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Tulsa area—beginning at Tulsa Community College and completing at any of our regional universities—will be meaningfully improved only if we create a formalized structure to sustain cross-institutional collaboration. So, on January 27, 2020, the presidents of the seven participating higher education institutions issued a formal charge to establish the Tulsa Higher Education Task Force to “undertake an initial exploratory process to develop a plan for the creation of a formal structure for sustaining collaboration across the seven institutions and key community stakeholder groups.”
This report summarizes the activities, findings, and recommendations of the Tulsa Higher Education Task Force.
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