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List shows two Oklahoma City area universities cited as great places to work

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 and Oklahoma City University.
by Silas Allen Published: August 11, 2012

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.”

Michael Kimball 11:39 a.m. Thanks for joining today. See you on another chat in two weeks.
Michael Kimball 11:38 a.m. Tonight there's a special joint meeting of the Oklahoma City Council and Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. Here's a story on that : ... Look for coverage from my colleague Carrie Coppernoll tomorrow.
Michael Kimball 11:37 a.m. Well we are going to go ahead and wrap it up for now. The council is off next week as part of the summer schedule, but will meet again two weeks from today.
Michael Kimball 11:34 a.m. There's going to be a meeting ODOT is hosting on Aug. 21 for public input. The main topic is whether it should be six or four lanes, although other things will surely come up. Shadid and others urged people to attend to voice their opinions.
Michael Kimball 11:33 a.m. There was only minimal discussion of the downtown Oklahoma City boulevard today. Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid had a meeting about it last night that my colleague Steve Lackmeyer covered.
Michael Kimball 11:28 a.m. Also, a family member of the man who recently died in police custody asked the council for answers to the family's questions. It was a little tense, as she and Police Chief Bill Citty disagreed on whether the family was notified the man was in the hospital. But Citty admitted the city "dropped the ball" on notifying the family the man had died.
Michael Kimball 11:25 a.m. Also, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President Roy Williams said all the business indicators in the city remain favorable, and companies could be pulling the trigger on projects soon.
Michael Kimball 11:25 a.m. A big area of improvement was hauling water to rural fires. Makes a big difference in a city as spread out as OKC.
Michael Kimball 11:24 a.m. The highlight of the meeting was Oklahoma City Fire Chief Keith Bryant giving a presentation on the city's improved Insurance Services Office rating. Basically, the fire department performed well in a series of tests, and the rating improved. Insurance companies that use that rating to set rates could lower rates for local property owners.
Michael Kimball 11:23 a.m. One thing I was hoping to see today but didn't was discussion on what to do with $1.5 million in projected surplus money this year. That's been hanging out there for a while. But that wasn't on today's agenda.
Michael Kimball 11:20 a.m. If anyone has any questions about today's Oklahoma City Council meeting or other city government issues, feel free to ask them here. I'll stick around for a while and chat.
Michael Kimball 10:57 a.m. That's definitely a concern of the city going forward. Police Chief Bill Citty has said city needs 200 more officers to meet all response time goals. That will be expensive. But in general, growth with density downtown would be easier to manage than growth that results in more sprawl. Although those types of growth each bring their own set of problems.
Tom 10:56 a.m. Great news on the development projects. How do we address the increased needs of public safety which is alreadey stretched thin.
Michael Kimball 10:29 a.m. It's going to be a while for sure -- months, not weeks. But I don't know exactly when.
Trey 10:29 a.m. When will the decision for the boulevard/elevated highway be announced? It's quite ludicrous to build ANOTHER elevated highway over the one they are currently tearing down...a new multi-modal boulevard would sweep Oklahoma City's downtown into the future and provide a multi-use, healthy boulevard for people using all kinds of transportations. We do not need another highway.
NewsOK 8:35 a.m. Reporter Michael Kimball will be live tweeting this morning's Oklahoma City Council meeting. Follow along with the conversation here.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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