For over a decade, UCO has been engaged in defining its role within the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. By 2013 an enhanced physical presence developed for UCO within OKC itself, including the creation of the Academy of Contemporary Music and the CHK|Central Boathouse.

Afterwards, and in accordance with UCO’s strategic plan, Vision 2020, links between OKC and workforce development needs were explored in parallel with planning for an Innovation District by the Brookings Institution and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

The Downtown Advantage

One result of that planning is UCO Downtown, a flexible urban learning facility on the border of OKC’s Business District and the recently designated Innovation District. Programs anchored at UCO Downtown include a Masters in Public Administration, Masters in Business Administration, and a Professional Science Masters program that will also serve adult learners.

The next exciting step is the renovation of Santa Fe Plaza that will provide additional space for the growth of UCO Downtown, serve as home to Customized Education, and house The Catbird Seat small business incubator.