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UCO Ranked Among Top Universities for Providing Quality Education During COVID-19 Pandemic

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May 19, 2020

Media Contact: Sarah Ward, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2106,

UCO Ranked Among Top Universities for Providing Quality Education During COVID-19 Pandemic  

The University of Central Oklahoma is ranked as a top institution in the nation for providing quality education during the COVID-19 pandemic by nonprofit Educate to Career. Central is ranked third out of 20 higher education institutions in Oklahoma. 

Higher education institutions were ranked by their ability to offer a quality education under any conceivable scenario: in-classroom, online and a blend of each format.

Being among the top in the ranking, UCO was designated as a Tier One institution. Colleges that rank in Tier One meet the following criteria: a physical campus for in-classroom instruction should the health authorities allow colleges to open in September; robust software and systems to support distance learning programs; faculty experience in teaching online; and, reasonable tuitions and fees on a relative basis.

“I’m thrilled that our quality and performance have been recognized in this way. We work to keep education affordable and accessible every day and this sudden shift to alternative teaching methods presented an opportunity to further enhance those efforts.  Our faculty have taken the initiative to become some of the best trained and most prepared instructors in the classroom today.  When supported by a strong online technology platform and hundreds of staff laser-focused on students, it’s a winning combination,” said UCO President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar. 

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