Background and Adoption

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) and the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) have worked in collaboration with presidents, chancellors, and other stakeholders on a coordinated plan for higher education, the development of which is mandated by state law. Careful progress over the last two years resulted in the adoption of a provisional coordinated plan at the June 12, 2008 CBHE meeting in Cape Girardeau. At that meeting, the CBHE directed presidents and chancellors to work through and across their sector organizations and to submit a coordinated set of revisions to the provisional plan for consideration by the board.

The Coordinating Board then met via conference call on July 30, 2008, and approved Imperatives for Change: Building a Higher Education System for the 21st Century as the statewide coordinated plan, incorporating many of the revisions suggested following the June meeting by the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE), the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), and Linn State Technical College.


April 2006 The CBHE agreed to make a higher education accountability system a priority for future work through strategic planning.
June 2006 The CBHE established a standing Strategic Planning Committee that would use a consensus-driven process to develop a new coordinated plan for Missouri higher education.
Fall 2006 Institutions worked with MDHE staff to develop a revised accountability framework that would be driven by the new coordinated plan.
Jan.-May 2007 Demands related to the passage and implementation of SB 389 forced a slowdown on progress in the development of the coordinated plan.
October 2007 A draft framework of a new coordinated plan was reviewed by the CBHE and the Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC). It was agreed that any new plan would serve as a guide to institutions as they balance individual aspirations with a system that is responsive to statewide goals and educational needs.
February 2008 The CBHE adopted an initial draft of Imperatives for Change: Building a Higher Education System for the 21st Century. Imperatives for Change was the conceptual document used in the development of goals and measures for the coordinated plan. The plan included three major strategic issues: Increase Educational Attainment; Develop a 21st Century Society and Global Economy; and Enhance Resources through Increased Investment, Stewardship, and Responsibility.
April 2008 MDHE staff presented presidents, chancellors, and the CBHE with a set of draft goals and indicators to be used as catalysts for discussion of how the state should measure progress toward achieving critical goals and objectives.
May 2008 Presidents, chancellors, and institutional representatives provided critiques and constructive suggestions on each set of draft goals, objectives, and indicators of progress submitted by the MDHE for review. Although great strides were made in the development of a consensus document, several challenges and disagreements lingered.
June 2008 MDHE staff incorporated several editorial and format changes, as well as some substantive changes, to earlier drafts of the Plan. The latest version identified particularly challenging areas that required further discussion with PAC and the CBHE for resolution. MDHE staff recommended that FY 2007 or the most recent year in which data is available be established as the baseline year for all data points included in the Plan.
The CBHE and PAC discussed the challenges remaining in coordinated plan. After discussion, the CBHE adopted the plan in a provisional status. Institutions were directed to work with their respective sector organizations to develop and submit a coordinated set of recommendations for revision to the plan. The CBHE would review recommendations at a sole-purpose meeting and finalize the coordinated plan for its first year of implementation.
July 2008 COPHE and MCCA provided the MDHE with a joint set of recommendations for revision of the plan, and a revised plan was adopted by the Coordinating Board.