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UCO Again Named One of The Nation's 'Great Colleges to Work For'

2017 Great College to Work For logoJuly 17, 2017

Media Contact: Sarah Neese, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2121,

UCO Again Named One of The Nation’s ‘Great Colleges to Work For’

The Chronicle of Higher Education today named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the “2017 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is also one of only a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the “Honor Roll” for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.

Central joins University of Washington, the University of Mississippi, and Texas Christian University on the list of the 10 universities named to the large institution honor roll by The Chronicle of Higher Education, widely viewed as one of the most prestigious higher education publications in the nation. Central has been named to the list nine times within the survey’s ten-year history, with past recognitions in 2008 and 2010-16.

UCO President Don Betz said the Central’s continued achievement on the list mirrors the committed passion of faculty and staff to Central’s mission — to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences for all.

“As challenges continue to plague higher education, Central’s faculty and staff are resilient in their dedication to our students, striving to guide students to become productive, creative ethical and engaged citizens and leaders within our community,” Betz said.

The university ranks among the best nationally in nine of the survey’s 12 categories:

  • Collaborative Governance – Faculty members are appropriately involved in decisions related to academic programs;
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership – Leaders have the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience for institutional success;
  • Job Satisfaction and Support – Provides insight into the satisfaction with job fit, autonomy, and resources;
  • Professional/Career Development Programs – Employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers;
  • Respect and Appreciation – Employees are regularly recognized for their contributions;
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship – Supervisors or chairs solicit ideas and make expectations clear;
  • Teaching Environment - Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching;
  • Tenure and Clarity Process – Requirements for tenure are clear, faculty members say; and
  • Work/Life Balance – Policies give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives.

Results were determined through a direct survey of faculty and staff at universities and colleges throughout the country.

The “2017 Great Colleges to Work For” list is based on responses from 45,000 people at 232 institutions: 155 four-year colleges and universities, and 77 two-year colleges, with 79 institutions making the final list. All accredited institutions in the U.S. with an enrollment of at least 500 students were invited to participate at no cost.

Central’s peer group in this poll included universities and colleges that have 10,000 or more students. Central has more than 3,000 full- and part-time employees, and is one of Edmond’s largest employers.

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma has maintained its ranking as one of the top colleges in the nation to work for according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2017 “Great Colleges to Work For” list. Central was also named to the list’s honor roll, joining institutions like University of Washington, the University of Mississippi, and Texas Christian University.