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D23: Act

Below are highlights of initiatives and activities developed or significantly improved since the adoption of Destination 2023: A 10-year road map of distinction through degree completion in 2013. It is not intended as an exhaustive list of all related activities.

Academic Achievement

  • Collecting, analyzing, and utilizing student learning assessment data to evaluate program offerings and student achievement
  • Establishing institutionally recognized learning communities that target student academic interests
  • Building bridges to certificates and degrees
  • Expanding the Reach Higher for Adult Completion program and making it available completely online
  • Identifying, adding, and revising academic programs in response to degree market demands

Academic Preparation

  • Partnering with community K-12 schools to bridge academic preparation gaps and provide concurrent enrollment opportunities
  • Establishing and implementing best practices to increase retention of academically at risk students
  • Revising curricular expectations and student learning outcomes for developmental classes to increase students future academic success as measured by matriculation to general education courses and grades in key college-level courses
  • Refining academic tutoring and mentoring resources for students

Financial Assistance

  • Developing and implementing a plan to leverage financial aid and scholarships to support student recruitment and increase retention
  • Increasing student financial literacy
  • Implementing a fundraising campaign to increase private dollars to fund scholarship opportunities for students
  • Maximizing cost containment and cost avoidance in order to keep tuition and fees reasonable for students
  • Implementing an early intervention team to assist students who might be experiencing a personal financial crisis
  • Increasing the number of scholarships available through the President's Leadership Class

Inclusion & Support Services

  • Hosting Oklahoma's first and only inclusive four-year post-secondary certificate program for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities the RiverHawk Scholars Program students live on campus and fully engage in campus life
  • Fostering an NSU culture of, I care, therefore I will...
  • Committing to solution based service focused on assisting students overcome barriers to academic progression (counseling, disability services and violence prevention)
  • Creating intentional exchange and integration between/among underrepresented student populations, international student populations and mainstream student populations
  • Becoming the leading institution in indigenous student recruitment and retention programs
  • Providing outreach and intervention to students who might be at risk


  • Providing opportunities for students to build leadership knowledge and skills through nationally recognized leadership development programs
  • Adding university sponsored leadership scholarship programs for branch campuses
  • Enhancing and maximizing leadership development experiences within academic programs
  • Connecting students to NSU alumni mentors
  • Holding students accountable for their behaviors and provide opportunities for pro-social development and decision-making

Student Engagement

  • Engaging students in civic, multicultural and global learning through academic programs and co-curricular activities
  • Establishing a minimum service hour requirement for all undergraduates
  • Building service learning programs for students
  • Providing opportunities for students to gain global knowledge through co-curricular experiences and international opportunities