The Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development kicked off its strategic planning process today by engaging stakeholders and partners in a conversation about goals and opportunities for the future. The primary focus of the strategic planning process will be developing a mission statement, big goals, and strategies for the department. The work will also include identifying a small number of high impact best practices to begin implementing in January 2022. Developing a strategic plan is of top priority for the MDHEWD in order to accurately reflect the department’s overall footprint. On Aug. 28, 2019, the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the Division of Workforce Development, and the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center transformed to become one department as a result of Executive Order 19-03. With the executive order, Governor Mike Parson realigned Missouri’s workforce development systems through a major restructuring of state government. Missouri’s current plan, Preparing Missourians to Succeed: A Blueprint for Higher Education, was adopted in 2015. Department staff will spend the next several months gathering feedback, drafting goals, priorities, and measures to meet those goals. The new strategic plan will be presented to the Coordinating Board for approval in December 2021. Those interested in following the strategic planning process can subscribe to receive updates at https://dhewd.mo.gov/strategicplan.php.