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President Betz at UCO

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Welcome from UCO President Don Betz

Select to Play Welcome VideoWelcome to the University of Central Oklahoma, one of our state's great public universities, dedicated to developing in students the confidence to succeed through transformative learning experiences. With strong connections throughout the Oklahoma City metro, Central serves the community through innovative collaborations and partnerships, helping to foster the Oklahoma City metro’s growth and development.

Central is a university committed to preparing our students to be professionals who are ready for whatever comes next and ensuring that students graduate as productive, creative, ethical and engaged adults. Through initiatives like Transformative Learning, we help students find their personal path to success, as faculty and staff consider students their first priority.

This transformational journey is guided by our core values of character, civility and community, and articulated in what we call the "Central Six." It begins with the student's selection of one of our more than 100 major areas of study, through which a foundation of discipline and knowledge develops. The journey continues, as our students are encouraged to take a role of leadership centered on learning and focused by integrity, stewardship and service. They learn, through research, scholarly and creative activities, to solve problems. They become involved in activities that will prepare them for civic engagement, ethical reasoning and lifelong learning. They learn to communicate effectively in a complex world, to function in diverse environments and to adapt to the continuously changing global society. Our students learn that health and wellness are central to living a full life, with vitality and meaning.

The University of Central Oklahoma is creating a pathway to relevance and distinction that distinguishes us among our peers. At a time of momentous challenge and profound change, Central has committed itself to creating and sustaining a culture of learning. As you, and others, assess the value of institutions to meet the challenge of change, we are able to respond with clarity and vision.

We know that education and a culture of learning can change lives, our communities and our state. I am proud to belong to an academic community where learning surrounds and connects us in what we say and do each day.