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UCO Marks Ten Years as One of the Nation's 'Great Colleges to Work For'

Logo that reads “The Chronicle,” “2018 Great Colleges to Work For,” “Honor Roll”

July 16, 2018

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

UCO Marks Ten Years as 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 “2018 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central also is 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 Baylor University, Texas Christian University and University of Notre Dame 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. Within the survey’s 11-year history, this is the 10th year in which Central has been named to the list, with past recognitions in 2008 and 2010-17.           

UCO President Don Betz reflected on Central’s continued placement on the list, citing the long-standing service of UCO faculty and staff in facilitating student success across campus.           

“Central’s decade-long recognition as a ‘Great College to Work For’ serves as a beacon of the ongoing commitment that our faculty and staff display in guiding our students to become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders – a commitment that the university will continue to uphold for many years to come,” Betz said.           

The university ranks among the best nationally in seven 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;
  • Facilities, Workspace and Security – Facilities meet employee’s needs, and the campus looks good;
  • Professional/Career Development Programs – Employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers;
  • Teaching Environment – Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching;
  • Tenure Clarity and Process – Requirements for tenure are clear, according to faculty members; 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 county.

The “2018 Great Colleges to Work For” list is based on responses from 53,000 people at 253 institutions: 165 four-year colleges and universities, and 88 two-year colleges, with 84 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. UCO 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 “2018 Great Colleges to Work For” list. Central also was named to the list’s honor roll, joining institutions like Baylor University, Texas Christian University and University of Notre Dame.