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ERIC Number: EJ848964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-10
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Personal Touches Warm up Oklahoma City U.'s Campus
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n41 pB5 Jul 2009
Oklahoma City University prides itself on treating its faculty and staff members like family. It is the kind of place where new employees are welcomed in the president's house, staff members kick in to raise money when a colleague faces hard times, and promising young workers are offered flexible work schedules and free tuition to help them advance in their careers. The private university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and was established in 1904. It has about 2,100 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students. "Everyone from the security guard to the most elite professor can be a role model for our students," says the university's president, Tom J. McDaniel. "There's a feeling on our campus that every job counts, and everyone has a role to play. Everyone feels like they have a voice and all voices are heard." Employees and their families all receive free or discounted tuition to attend classes at the university. Tuition exchanges are also available with 660 private colleges and universities. Last year, dependents of Oklahoma City workers received more than $1-million in tuition breaks. The benefit allows the university to retain and promote valuable employees, Mr. Patterson says. Says Liz Hedrick, the human-resources administrator: "It's a very personal, caring place where people are passionate about our mission."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma