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  • University of Central Oklahoma update
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    Reason #19 to work for the University of Central Oklahoma is their new downtown location! UCO Downtown advances the University of Central Oklahoma’s charge to serve the Oklahoma City metro through prepared graduates and innovative programs and partnerships that contribute to the area’s continued growth. Located in the Carnegie Centre at 131 Dean A. McGee Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City, UCO Downtown gives students expanded class offerings and downtown job opportunities that may be more conveniently located to their home.

  • University of Central Oklahoma update
    5 days ago

    Reason #18 to work at UCO is the CHK|Central Boathouse Grand Opening! Formal ceremonies, including christening of the boathouse, will begin at 11 a.m. and performances will begin at noon. This no-cost event will feature an official ceremony, our UCO Women’s Rowing team and Coach Derrick, music, art, tours, food trucks, discounted activities on the River with a valid UCO ID and much more as we celebrate together UCO being on the Oklahoma River!


University of Central Oklahoma – Why Work For Us?


Why join UCO? Great Benefits, Work-Life Balance, and Opportunities for Professional development.... Why wouldn't you?

Here are just a few reasons to join the UCO family:


  •  5 Days’ Vacation (increases with length of service)
  • 22 Days’ Holiday for 2014* as standard including: Spring Break (5 days) Thanksgiving (3 Days) Christmas & New Year (10 days)
  • 15 Days' Sick Leave + 40 Hours' Personal Leave (taken from sick leave amount)
  • 2 days' Community Service allowance

    + Additional allowances for Disaster/Funeral Leave

    TOTAL = up to 57 days/year* depending on circumstances!!

    *exact number subject to change annually - based on FT staff schedule (faculty periods may differ)


 UCO offers a comprehensive benefits package to its staff, with highlights including;


Medical - (employee coverage paid 100% by UCO) or Receive $150/month
Group Term Life (UCO paid) equal to two (2) times annual salary

Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement. Total contribution = 7% of total monthly income

For a full list of benefits please click on the following link:

See for yourself! - For a benefits calculator which tells you the value of your employer-paid benefits, click on the following link:


UCO offers a variety of training resources throughout the year to ensure all staff has access to courses to enhance their skills; including a web-based Learning Centre, and development programs such as Leadership UCO and the Management Development Program.

For more details on these opportunities, visit our Professional Development Department

Effective September 1, 2011 as part of UCO's Healthy Campus Initiative, President Betz made Wellness Center memberships "no cost" to UCO employees; full-time, part-time, and active adjunct faculty and staff (excludes temporary employees and adjuncts who are not actively employed by UCO)

After six months of consecutive employment with the University, UCO offers a Tuition Waiver of $750 per semester, up to $1500 maximum per year, to benefited employees and their dependents. For more information, visit UCO Policies & Procedures:

Reason # 6: COMMUNITY
“We can reach out to coworkers and other departments; we've got freedom on the job that builds a sense of community. UCO fosters opportunities to be able to understand others and get understood by them by building connections. This community involvement engenders increasing coordination, cooperation, communication and commitment across campus”

– Stephanie Webb (Compensation Manager)

Reason # 7: THE PEOPLE
“The people are fantastic! Everyone is willing to help out their neighbors, and that’s a wonderful thing to be a part of! ”

- Sarah Rowton (HR Assistant)

“The UCO campus at one time was working towards botanical garden status, and even though that project has been put on hold for the moment, it is still evident that a lot of work was put into making this campus beautiful. It’s an awesome place to just take a walk around, have a picnic at, or even feed the fish in Broncho Lake”

-Shandise Brown (Employment Specialist)

Reason #9: THE THREE C’s (Character, Community, and Civility)
“At UCO we talk about the three C’s (Character, Community, Civility), and how we need to incorporate them in our lives. UCO employees exemplify these traits consistently. We care about each other as well as respect each other. We are a family in the broadest sense. UCO is a wonderful community and this is the number one reason I keep working even though I could retire”

- Ann Barnes (Director, Employee Life Cycle)

“A vibrant, engaging work environment coupled with a generous benefits and leave package affords employees a work life balance that is truly second to none”

- Carrie Irwin (Employee Relations Manager)

“With UCO’s Learning Center, Leadership UCO program, on-campus conferences, and events that often include nationally and even world-recognized guest speakers, as well as a campus culture that promotes lifelong and transformative learning, employees have countless options to develop leadership skills and work toward future career advancement opportunities”

-Carrie Irwin (Employee Relations Manager)

“I love working at UCO because of the benefits. I think UCO exemplifies the concept of community. All staff have 16 hours a year (paid) to volunteer in the surrounding communities – and that’s in addition to all the other benefits we are offered!”

- Lea Lee (Human Resources)

UCO has a variety of resources to ensure employees and students have somewhere to turn when they are in need. From a fully designated C.A.R.E. (Campus Awareness Response & Evaluation) Team, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and on-site Pantry - we provide the support for everyone in the UCO family.

President Betz and his cabinet send out the discussion points and actions bi-weekly to all staff. This allows staff to see the ongoing issues across campus.

Due to the nature of the UCO Campus - alive with student activity every semester- this provides a host of celebrations and events to either be a part of, or simply check out & experience!

Reason # 17: DIVERSITY
UCO is proud to be the home of such a multi-cultural student and employee workforce. The experience of each unique culture helps UCO to continually broaden the horizons of all its members!

Reason # 18: FREE PARKING
All UCO employees are provided with a parking pass for use in our many parking lots around campus



The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. UCO contributes to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.

Vision Statement

The University of Central Oklahoma, as Oklahoma’s metropolitan university committed to helping students learn, embraces its role as a collaborative partner and leader to meet the educational, business and community aspirations of the Greater Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area.  Our dynamic metropolitan region shapes the university even as the university contributes to the cultural, social, economic, and intellectual life of the region to realize our shared future.  Metropolitan engagement informs every dimension of the university’s activities in cultivating learning, discovery of new knowledge, and encouraging shared leadership to the extent that this synergy will inspire others to recognize UCO as one of the nation’s leading metropolitan universities.

Strategy Statement

The University of Central Oklahoma will actively respond to the needs and opportunities of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area by pursuing innovative partnerships, by adhering to our fundamental commitment to provide transformative teaching and learning experiences to our students, by engaging our students in experiential learning activities that advance the quality of life for all, by supporting life long learning and work force development and expansion, and by the impactful contribution of our research and professional services expertise to the metropolitan area.

Transformative Learning

Through access to a high quality, affordable transformative teaching and learning experience, we seek to educate creative, collaborative graduates who are adaptable and engaged critical thinkers, who are receptive to new ideas, who celebrate the diversity of our region, and who will live fulfilling lives.

Experiential Education

Through the cultivating of partnerships throughout the metropolitan area and beyond, we serve the needs of our community, and provide graduates who are equipped with the skills to assist the metropolitan area to thrive in a competitive global environment.

Research and Professional Service

Through professional services and research, we provide leadership and counsel on issues vital to the health of the metropolitan region’s businesses and industry, education institutions, families, and to its cultural quality of life.

Quality of Campus Experiences

Through its ethos of inclusion, transparency, collaboration, and respect across the institution that recognizes the unique and individual value of each of its traditional and non-traditional students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni, the University of Central Oklahoma will be recognized nationally for its living and learning-centered environment.

Call to Action

The University of Central Oklahoma is the Leadership University, delivering education based on our shared values of Community, Character and Civility. UCO transforms each student by focusing our resources on the Central Six tenets of transformative learning.

All students will be transformed with:

  • Discipline Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving (Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities)
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Global and Cultural Competencies
  • Health and Wellness

Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experience.


The University of Central Oklahoma provides a full-time Veteran Student Support Office to assist students who are eligible to receive Education Benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs.  All degree plans offered by the University of Central Oklahoma have been approved by the State Accrediting Agency for payment of federal benefits.   

The UCO Veteran Student Support Office will certify enrollment for payment of VA Education Benefits for all students who meet eligibility criteria as set forth by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Enrollment certification is also done for students eligible for CHAMPVA (VA Civilian Health and Medical Program).



The Office of Diversity & Inclusion promotes an educational environment that recognizes and celebrates the diverse culture of the University of Central Oklahoma. The focus of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion is on researching, designing, and implementing unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, encourage retention and enhance graduation rates of students. These programs serve to expand students' cultural horizons, cultural competence and perspectives while honoring their respective cultural experiences


The Volunteer and Service Learning Center at UCO provides diverse opportunities for students to perform meaningful service in the Edmond and Oklahoma City communities. The Center acts as a partner and resource for students, faculty and community members in developing and implementing volunteer and service learning projects. These efforts promote civic engagement by instilling a commitment to public life through communities of practice.


And we support anyone who wants to get more involved with: Community Service Leave

  • Provides benefitted employees with paid time off to volunteer for external community service.

  • May take the equivalent of up to two regularly scheduled workdays (up to a maximum of sixteen (16) hours per fiscal year for community activities.

  • Must be requested in advance and approved by the immediate supervisor, and appropriately recorded with the VSLC.


The Big Event at UCO is all about community. Students are able to sign-up in groups or as individuals for a full morning of service and "giving thanks." We pair groups of students with area residents and the students help to complete outdoot and indoor projects like weeding, pruning, planting and painting. All of this work is designed as a way for students to say thank you to the commnity. Students enjoy the service experience and the bond that they can create with each other as well as with the community. 

A corresponding event it held each year where students are paired with non-profit organizations in the OKC metro. This is called the Little Event.  

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Headquarters Edmond, OK
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1890
Type College / University
Industry Education
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in Edmond, a part of the thriving Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

Under the leadership of President Don Betz, Central offers an innovative learning community to its more than 17,000 students, where teaching comes first, a commitment seeded in the university's... More

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