The Edmond Sun

September 17, 2012

U.S. News and World Report moves UCO up in ranking

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma moved up the ranks among the top colleges and universities in the nation, once again ranking as the top public regional university in the state, according to the just-released 2013 Best Colleges list from U.S. News and World Report.

Central ranks as No. 27 in the list of Tier One institutions in the “Top Public Schools: Regional Universities — West” category. Central also moved to No. 72 in the overall list of regional universities in the West, up from No. 81 last year.

UCO President Don Betz believes the ranking reflects the university’s commitment creating a culture of learning, leading and serving in every corner of campus.

“At a time of momentous challenge and profound change, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are creating a pathway to relevance and distinction,” Betz said. “I commend our university community for their daily dedication to our mission of helping students learn, for it’s that dedication that continues to elevate Central throughout the region.”

U.S. News and World Report releases its list of Best Colleges annually. They divide regional universities into four categories: North, South, Midwest and West. U.S. News defines regional universities in its list as offering “a full range of undergrad programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs.”

According to information provided on its website, the rankings are developed using a combination of the institution’s own responses to the U.S. News and World Report statistical survey, information from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and information gathered in assessments from administrators at peer institutions. Factors that go into the ranking include retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The University of Central Oklahoma is the state’s largest metropolitan university, serving more than 17,000 students pursuing degrees in 117 undergraduate and 59 graduate major areas of study and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Founded as a teachers’ college in 1890, Central considers itself an institution where teaching comes first, and, with a 19:1 student/faculty ratio, students can enjoy personal relationships with faculty and staff who are committed to transforming lives.

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