Two Oklahoma City-area universities were included on a list of great employers in higher education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2012 “Great Colleges to Work For” list includes 103 institutions across the country. Among those institutions are the University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond, and Oklahoma City University.
The list grades schools in 12 categories, including diversity, job satisfaction and teaching environment. OCU was cited for performing well in the category of tenure clarity and process. UCO was cited in seven categories, placing it in the top 30 four-year schools on the list.
The list is based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities nationwide. OCU has been included in the list each year since 2008. UCO made the list in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
In a statement, UCO President Don Betz noted that the list covers a period during which the university was undergoing great changes, including his own installation as president. Betz took the role last August and was formally inaugurated in April.
“To say that I am proud of the accomplishments of Central's faculty, staff and students would be a profound understatement,” Betz said. “They demonstrate daily that they are not going through the routine, not disengaged from our mission here, and not willing to accept outcomes that are just OK.”
OCU President Robert Henry said tenure clarity, the area for which OCU made the list, is an important part of the way the university conducts its business.
“We are honored to again be ranked with an elite group of colleges and universities that are among the very best to work for in the country,” Henry said in a statement. “Tenure clarity and process play a role in our efforts to recruit and retain extraordinary faculty. At Oklahoma City University, we have remarkable professors who give students personal attention and make learning fascinating.”