July 21, 2014
Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, firstname.lastname@example.org
UCO RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE NATION’S ‘GREAT COLLEGES TO WORK FOR’
The Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the “2014 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list, and 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 Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame on the list of the ten universities named to the large institution honor roll.
The university ranks among the best nationally in nine of the survey’s categories:
- Collaborative Governance – faculty members play significant roles in decisions related to academic programs;
- Confidence in Senior Leadership – leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for the success of the university;
- Job Satisfaction – there is an overall sense that the job is meaningful to the employee and to the university;
- Professional/Career Development Programs – employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance their careers;
- Respect and Appreciation – employees are regularly recognized for their contributions;
- Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship – supervisors or chairs make expectations clear and solicit ideas;
- Teaching Environment – faculty believe the institution recognizes innovative and high quality teaching;
- Tenure and Clarity Process – faculty believe requirements for tenure are clear; and
- Work/Life Balance – policies give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives.
University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz said the results of the survey reflect the spirit of teamwork, communication and high morale among Central’s faculty and staff.
“Central’s inclusion on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list as a ‘Great College to Work For’ is a reflection of a university wide commitment to a culture of learning, leading and serving,” Betz said.
“Our talented faculty and staff are at the very core of Central’s mission — to prepare students to become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders — and so we strive to create a campus community where our faculty and staff can thrive.”
Results were determined through a direct survey of faculty and staff at universities and colleges throughout the country. This is the sixth time in the past seven years the university has been named to the list, with past recognition in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The “2014 Great Colleges to Work For” list is based on responses from nearly 44,000 people at 278 institutions: 196 four-year colleges and universities, and 82 two-year colleges, with 92 institutions making the final list. All accredited institutions in the United States with an enrollment of at least 500 students were invited to participate, at no cost to them.
The survey ranked colleges and universities in 12 categories. Central’s peer group in this poll included universities and colleges that have 10,000 or more students. Central has more than 2,900 full and part-time employees, and is one of Edmond’s largest employers.
For more information about Central, visit www.uco.edu.
Editor’s Note: Download art for publication with this release at www.uco.edu/photo/GreatColleges07.14.
Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma ranks among the top colleges in the nation to work for according The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2014 “Great Colleges to Work For” list. Central was also named to the list’s honor roll, joining institutions like Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame as the top ten large universities on the list.