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Media Advisory: Oklahoma's Civic Health Index To Be Released; Shows Room For Increased Engagement

Nov. 29, 2012

Media Contact:  Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2103,


WHEN: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4

WHERE: Blue Room, Oklahoma State Capitol

WHAT:  Increased civic engagement in Oklahoma could start at the dinner table, but it doesn’t just yet. While the state ranks 8th in the nation for eating dinner with family, Oklahoma ranks 30th in discussing politics, around the dinner table or elsewhere.

This is just one of the key findings from the 2012 Oklahoma Civic Health Index.

A team of University of Central Oklahoma student and faculty researchers will present findings at a forum Dec. 4 at the State Capitol, which explores a broad set of civic indicators across the state and relative to national trends. Oklahoma Secretary of State Glenn Coffee will accept the report on behalf of the state.

The report shows room for increased engagement throughout the state, along with some indicators of progress. Other key findings include:

  • Oklahomans have a strong culture of volunteerism: the state ranked 20th nationally in the rate of citizens who volunteer, with a total of 814,700 volunteers or 29.2 percent of the state’s residents. 
  • Oklahoma ranks 44th among all states in the rate of citizens who are registered to vote and 47th in voter turnout with a rate of 40.4 percent for citizens age 18 and over.  Turnout for local elections is even lower at less than 8 percent.
  • Oklahoma maintains a moderate degree of confidence in public institutions. Nationwide, there is a relatively low level of confidence in public schools, the media, corporations, and the government. However, Oklahoma maintains a good degree of confidence in public schools. Also, Oklahoma ranks 5th nationally in terms of corporations, with 68.6 percent reporting they are very or somewhat confident in corporations.  
  • Oklahoma civic skills are on track to improve with the new C3 plan, “college, career and citizen ready,” offering a seamless citizen education framework from Pre-K-12.   


The report is produced in partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Campus Compact, the Kerr Foundation, Inc., the Walton Family Foundation, and the National Conference on Citizenship. In 2010, UCO, in partnership with Oklahoma Campus Compact, produced the first-ever Oklahoma report.


  • UCO President Don Betz
  • Secretary of State Glenn Coffee
  • Bill Radke, Ph.D., UCO Provost
  • Kristen Cambell, Chief Program Officer, the National Conference on Citizenship
  • UCO professors Jan Hardt, Ph.D., Patti Loughlin, Ph.D., Janelle Grellner, Ph.D., and other Oklahoma Civic Health Index research team members
  • UCO student “Civic Scholars” on Oklahoma Civic Health Index research team