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Letter From the Task Force Chair and Vice Chair

Dec. 31, 2010

Within days of the Virginia Tech tragedy on April 16, 2007, Gov. Brad Henry created the Campus Life and Safety and Security (CLASS) Task Force by Executive Order 2007-17. A second executive order, extending the duties of the task force, was issued by the governor at the task force’s request after a report was submitted on Jan. 15, 2008. Since that time, the task force has continued to review and evaluate safety and security at higher education and career technology institutions and implement improvements as needed. The executive order will expire on April 9, 2011.

In 2010, the task force successfully completed both major statewide goals for the year.

Campus Safety: Goal 2010 began in September 2009 with the purpose of actively encouraging all postsecondary institutions to meet the standards of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Full compliance with NIMS among all Oklahoma postsecondary institutions was a major goal of the task force originally set in 2007. A target date of Dec. 1, 2010, was established in order to provide a consistent approach that will enable federal, state, local and tribal governments to work together to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from domestic incidents. To date, all Oklahoma public colleges and universities and 22 of 29 career technology districts are NIMS-compliant. This represents 89 percent of Oklahoma postsecondary institutions. The remaining institutions are expected to finish their work in early 2011. The high level of activity, training and compliance achieved in our state is now considered a national model.

In April, the task force sponsored Mental Health Collaborative Week in collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Eighty-five professionals representing mental health centers, higher education institutions and career technology centers met at 14 regional sites throughout the state to identify opportunities for collaboration and to combine resources to enhance the mental health services available on postsecondary campuses.

As you read our annual report, we hope you will understand that, although we have made significant progress to ensure safety on our campuses, the threat still exists. We must continue to keep the issue of campus safety and security a top priority in Oklahoma.


Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor
Oklahoma State System of Higher Education

Dr. Phil Berkenbile, State Director
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education