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Wall Street Journal Names UCO Among 'Top Schools for Engagement' in the Nation

The University of Central Oklahoma ranked No. 6 on the list of “Top Schools for Engagement” in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. Central faculty and staff, like Susan Scott, Ed.D., pictured here, encourage engagement with and between students in the classroom.

Sept. 29, 2016

Media Contact: Sarah Neese, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2121, sneese@uco.edu

WALL STREET JOURNAL NAMES UCO AMONG ‘TOP SCHOOLS FOR ENGAGEMENT’ IN THE NATION

The University of Central Oklahoma earned national recognition once again for its dedication to student engagement, ranking No. 6 on the list of “Top Schools for Engagement,” in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

Central tied with six other universities and colleges for sixth place, including institutions like Auburn University and Michigan State University.

UCO President Don Betz praised the university’s ongoing commitment to student engagement.

“At Central, we believe that engagement, through strong and meaningful connections, is vital to student success,” Betz said.

“Our faculty and staff consider students their first priority, and we are proud to be recognized for our dedication in preparing students to become engaged citizens and leaders, helping to serve and advance our local and global communities.”

Jeff King, Ed.D., executive director for UCO’s Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning, said the rankings also highlight the success of Central’s transformative learning endeavors.

“The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings show something UCO has recognized for a long time – student engagement on our campus is one of our strengths,” King said.

“We’re also aware of the ways in which UCO’s Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) initiative has contributed to increased student engagement with our Central Six Tenets. It’s wonderful to again receive recognition nationally and internationally for the difference STLR is making at UCO.”

The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education determine the rankings for school engagement by scoring colleges on how engaged students feel they are with their professors and their education. These scores derive from seven questions on the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey, given to 100,000 current university and college students, with a minimum of 50 students surveyed for each school ranked.

Survey questions about engagement explored how challenging classes were, the level to which classes prompted critical thinking and student connections to the real world, the amount of student interaction between faculty and fellow students, and whether students were likely or unlikely to recommend their college or university to a friend. Engagement rankings also included the number of degree program subjects the school offered.

With strong connections throughout the Oklahoma City metro, the University of Central Oklahoma is dedicated to developing in students the confidence to succeed through transformative learning experiences. Founded in 1890, Central connects its nearly 16,500 students to unmatched value found in 117 undergraduate areas of study and 74 graduate programs from its main campus in Edmond and facilities throughout the metro area. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Cutline 1: The University of Central Oklahoma ranked No. 6 on the list of “Top Schools for Engagement” in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. Central faculty and staff, like Susan Scott, Ed.D., pictured here, encourage engagement with and between students in the classroom.

Cutline 2: UCO recently ranked sixth on the list of “Top Schools for Engagement” in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. A UCO professor is seen here engaging his students during class at one of Central’s outdoor classrooms.

Cutline 3: The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education recently ranked UCO No. 6 on their “Top Schools for Engagement” as part of their annual college rankings list. Central’s commitment to student engagement extends to and beyond graduation. UCO students are pictured here, passing through the arch at Old North on their way to one of Central’s commencement ceremonies.