Economic Impact and Quality of Life
- University expenditures and payroll have a direct economic impact on the community totaling more than $77 million annually, and generating tax revenues of more than $21 million per year.
- The almost 300 on-and off-campus performances, and a slate of internationally renowned speakers, authors, and artists make the university a cultural and educational hub for the community.
- Affiliation with the United Methodist Church provides spiritual and charitable support for residents.
- The university is the west-most anchor for the redevelopment of 23rd Street.
- Oklahoma City University graduates are engaged throughout the community as entrepreneurs, business leaders, and volunteers.
- With degrees in fields like energy management, software development and exercise science, OCU – led by the progressive Meinders School of Business - is improving the city’s available workforce for some of the hottest careers.
Campus Achievements and Activities
- In response to the May 20 tornado, OCU has provided temporary housing to more than 40 people affected, and hosted several supply drives to aid victims and volunteers. The university is offering each employee 36 hours of paid leave time to volunteer for recovery efforts and providing organized volunteer opportunities with groups including United Way, Goodwill and Serve Moore.
- Recently unveiled a new brand and marketing strategy, which identifies us as Oklahoma City’s university. Our relationships with local organizations, businesses and the Oklahoma City community are central to this effort.
- Purchased Central High School building and plans are underway to move the OCU School of Law downtown.
- Completed the third floor of the Kramer School of Nursing; work is underway to complete Dulaney-Browne Library remodel.
- Implementing a new energy management plan this spring on campus aimed at making the university one of the most energy-efficient schools in the nation. We expect to cut energy usage five percent in the next year and 20 percent by 2020 to exceed Governor Mary Fallin’s energy efficiency law standards.
- The Bass School of Music recently installed a high-tech audio lab as part of its strategic development plan to improve the vocal pedagogy to national prominence.
- Chickasaw Nation has made a gift to MSB of five fully-funded scholarships annually for the new Native American Business Scholars program.
- Opened the first raw vegan station on a U.S. college campus.
- Recent speakers have included Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, feminist leader Gloria Steinem, Harvard Political Science Professor Michael Sandel, award-winning journalist Bill Moyers, U.S. Congressman Tom Cole, Hubble Telescope Director Matt Mountain, and Pulitzer Prize winning poet and storyteller N. Scott Momaday.
- More than 95% of nursing grads pass the RN licensure exam on their fist attempt; 100% of nursing graduates secure their first jobs within one month.
- 86% of OCU graduates who apply to medical school are accepted.
- More Rockettes have come from Oklahoma City University than any college or university in the world – 46 and counting.
- OCU has graduated more Miss Americas (3) than any other university per capita.
- Students at OCU receive an education that is personal and a degree that carries prestige; the student to faculty ratio is 12:1.
- This spring we held our first combined December/May commencement ceremony, which included 588 undergraduates, 253 graduates, 6 DNP, and 2 Ph.D. graduates. We conferred 4 honorary doctorates to Martha Burger, Kristin Chenoweth, Ed Kelley, and Burns Hargis.
A Liberal Arts Education for Today’s Job Market
- Liberal arts education is more relevant today that it ever has been. It prepares students for the changing workforce by teaching them to find connections in large amounts of data, collaborate, and process complex thoughts and ideas – very real skills required in today’s job market.
- A survey of employers conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, showed that employers want employees “to use a broader set of skills and have higher levels of learning and knowledge than in the past to meet the increasingly complex demands they will face in the workplace.”
- When surveyed, liberal arts alumni say they are academically anchored and community minded. They value supportive learning environments and teaching that stretches their abilities, strong mentoring, abundant intern and community service opportunities, and working directly with professors rather than graduate assistants. Liberal arts graduates say they are well-prepared for both graduate study and the workplace having developed intellectual, practical, and leadership skills.
- Liberal arts hone critical thinking, global awareness and agile minds valued by business and so critical to entrepreneurship, innovation, and community leadership.