Skip navigation

Important Update:

The UCO campus is closed Wed. Nov. 25-27 for Thanksgiving. Central will transition from in-person instruction to virtual instruction after Thanksgiving Break until the end of the semester, Nov. 30-Dec. 23. All members of the campus community are encouraged to continue COVID-19 protocols when away from campus. For more information, view the university's coronavirus webpage

Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement empowers students to become active citizens and develop a responsibility toward community through service and volunteerism; community partnerships and connections; intentional learning opportunities; and, a focus on civic engagement and critical societal issues. Through involvement and participation in Community Engagement’s programs, leadership opportunities and student-led events, UCO students have the opportunity to give back to and invest in their community on a variety of levels.

Outside of the programs and events hosted by Community Engagement, our office supports UCO students, faculty and staff in their efforts to engage themselves in their community through:

  • On- and Off-Campus Volunteer Opportunities: Community Engagement can match individuals with community opportunities or agencies based on their interests and provides numerous opportunities to volunteer at and support on-campus UCO events;
  • Faculty Support for Service Learning Partnerships and Projects: Community Engagement, along with the Service Learning Advisory Board, provides support for faculty members as they build service learning projects into their curriculum, by providing the connection to community partners and nonprofit organizations that are in search of assistance;
  • Service Hour Tracking and Records: Community Engagement can help track and verify all service hours and provide a full record of all service completed while at UCO; and, 
  • Services and Resources: Community Engagement provides services and resources designed to positively impact student success and retention at Central, including the Central Pantry, Off-Campus Living Resources and much more.


The Community Engagement UCORE page is the home base to log service hours, find upcoming volunteer opportunities, apply for service awards or student leadership positions and learn more about the services offered through Community Engagement.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT UCORE

Carnegie Classification

The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. It is an institutional classification; it is not for systems of multiple campuses or for part of an individual campus.

The classification is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. In this way, it is similar to an accreditation process of self-study. The documentation is reviewed by a National Review Panel to determine whether the institution qualifies for recognition as a community engaged institution.