UCO Repeats as One of the Nation's 'Great Colleges to Work For'

The University of Central Oklahoma has retained its ranking as one of the top colleges in the nation to work for according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2016 “Great Colleges to Work For” list. Central was also named to the list’s honor roll, joining institutions like Baylor University, the University of Mississippi, and Texas Christian University.

July 18, 2016

Media Contact: Lindsay Thomas, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO REPEATS 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 “2016 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is the only public 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 Baylor University, 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.

UCO President Don Betz said the results of the survey are an indication of the unwavering commitment of faculty and staff to Central’s mission — to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences for all.

“During a time of significant challenge and near-constant change in higher education, Central’s faculty and staff remain committed to sustaining a culture that helps students to become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our community,” said Betz.

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

  • Confidence in Senior Leadership – Leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for the success of the university;
  • 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.

Results were determined through a direct survey of faculty and staff at universities and colleges throughout the country. This marks the eighth time in the survey’s nine-year history that Central has been named to the list, with past recognitions in 2008 and 2010-15.

The “2016 Great Colleges to Work For” list is based on responses from 46,000 people at 281 institutions: 189 four-year colleges and universities, and 92 two-year colleges, with 93 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.

For more information about the University of Central Oklahoma, visit www.uco.edu.

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma has retained its ranking as one of the top colleges in the nation to work for according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2016 “Great Colleges to Work For” list. Central was also named to the list’s honor roll, joining institutions like Baylor University, the University of Mississippi and Texas Christian University.