Wall Street Journal lauds University of Central Oklahoma for student engagement

OKLAHOMA CITY –  The University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond earned national recognition once again for its dedication to student engagement, ranking No. 6 on the list of “Top Schools for Engagement,” in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

Central tied with six other universities and colleges for sixth place, including institutions like Auburn University and Michigan State University.

UCO President Don Betz praised the university’s ongoing commitment to student engagement. “At Central, we believe that engagement, through strong and meaningful connections, is vital to student success,” Betz said. “Our faculty and staff consider students their first priority, and we are proud to be recognized for our dedication in preparing students to become engaged citizens and leaders, helping to serve and advance our local and global communities.”

Jeff King, Ed.D., executive director for UCO’s Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning, said the rankings also highlight the success of Central’s transformative learning endeavors. “The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings show something UCO has recognized for a long time – student engagement on our campus is one of our strengths,” King said.

“We’re also aware of the ways in which UCO’s Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) initiative has contributed to increased student engagement with our Central Six Tenets. It’s wonderful to again receive recognition nationally and internationally for the difference STLR is making at UCO.”

The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education determine the rankings for school engagement by scoring colleges on how engaged students feel they are with their professors and their education. These scores derive from seven questions on the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey, given to 100,000 current university and college students, with a minimum of 50 students surveyed for each school ranked.

Survey questions about engagement explored how challenging classes were, the level to which classes prompted critical thinking and student connections to the real world, the amount of student interaction between faculty and fellow students, and whether students were likely or unlikely to recommend their college or university to a friend. Engagement rankings also included the number of degree program subjects the school offered.

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