About 30 people gathered at Northern Oklahoma College Enid Wednesday afternoon to take part in phase two of the college’s strategic planning process. Jolene Koester, senior associate with Penson Associates, a California-based research and consultation firm working with the college to develop a five-year plan, was on hand to lead the group through discussion of proposed new mission statement and strategic priorities. The proposals were drafted with input gathered during October meetings at the three NOC campuses in Enid, Tonkawa and Stillwater. Part of Wednesday’s session was reviewing the work of the strategic planning committee, and part was dreaming for the future. The strengths of the Enid campus, as recognized during phase one of the planning process, are affordability, the astronomy program, the historic campus connected to Phillips University, the bridge program with Northwestern Oklahoma State University and national recognition of athletes. Koester divided the participants into small discussion groups, then led them back into a large group. “The ideas and thoughts will go to the steering committee, then working groups will be established,” Koester said. Koester circulated in the room, listening in on the small group discussions. “I know some of you have some ideas you wish to put into the hopper for selection,” Koester said as the participants entered the large group discussion. She said those ideas would be presented to the working groups, which will meet during the spring semester. A third town hall meeting will take place at the end of January. The completed plan will be released in late April or May 2013.
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