In the News

Micro-credentials Aim to Close Workforce Skills Gap

UCO launched a new digital badging program for students and credential earners. Individuals who complete designated courses or curriculum will earn a UCO digital credential. Central is working with Credly, the digital credentialing leader, to provide these digital badges. Digital badges have gained popularity as a new way for job applicants to display technical skills or learning experiences. The badges are verified and backed by data that confirms the credential. UCO currently offers more than a dozen opportunities for individuals to earn digital badges through the university’s micro-credential offerings—learning experiences focused on a specific skill, knowledge or ability—and already has plans to add dozens more micro-credentials to the current lineup. Learn more about micro-credentials at UCO. 

UCO Joins Elite Accreditation Group

Central has earned a seven-year accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for its Master of Public Administration (MPA). The accreditation puts UCO’s MPA in an elite group—Central is one of only two institutions in Oklahoma to be accredited, and one of 208 programs globally. During the site visit by the Commission of Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), the university received four commendations and two notices of exemplary practice. The university was acknowledged for breakthrough practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The evaluation team commented that the UCO MPA is “a shining example of what a mission achieving public administration graduate program can and should be.” The UCO MPA is a 36-credit-hour program that is available in person and online. Learn more about UCO’s MPA program. 

UCO Expands Fully Online Offerings to Include M.A. in Strategic Communications

UCO has expanded access to its quality, accredited degree programs with the addition of a new fully online graduate program through its Connected Campus with the launch of the Master of Arts in strategic communications – leadership in communications. Curriculum will focus on learning to read, conduct, understand and communicate research to support organizational goals. Students graduate equipped to address issues surrounding change, organizational culture, ethics and technology in the fast-paced and dynamic communications industry. The program can be completed in as few as two years, for as little as $16,500. Applications now are being accepted for the spring and fall 2022 semesters. Learn more about the new strategic communications master’s degree.