University of Central Oklahoma
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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...

Mission: The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive...More

University of Central Oklahoma – Why Work For Us?

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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

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Great Colleges to Work For, The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink LLC, 2013

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