UCO is Oklahoma’s only metropolitan university and the top public regional university in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report. Situated on a beautiful 210-acre campus just north of Oklahoma City in Edmond, UCO has strong connections throughout the Greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area and is dedicated to developing in students the confidence to succeed through transformative learning experiences. Founded in 1890 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, AACSB, ABET and over 25 other professional accreditations. UCO connects its approximately 15,500 students to unmatched value found in 125 undergraduate areas of study and 74 graduate programs from its main campus in Edmond, facilities within the metro area and its online Connected Campus.
UCO prides itself as a smart investment for success, preparing future leaders in an inclusive, opportunity-rich environment, with access to more than 200 student organizations and the internship, employment, entertainment, and cultural offerings of the rapidly growing Oklahoma City metro area. President Neuhold-Ravikumar began her presidency in July 2019 following 12 years of service to the University in a variety of administrative posts, most recently as Vice President for Finance and CFO. The president’s leadership team consists of the heads of the following divisions: Academic Affairs, Finance and Operations, People & Culture, Communications and Public Affairs, Enrollment and Student Success, Information Technology, Advancement and General Counsel.
The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success (VPESS) is chiefly responsible for the University’s enrollment and student success through recruiting, strategic financial aid distribution and innovative student success practices aimed at positively impacting retention and graduation to achieve optimal enrollment results and student outcomes. The position will support the University’s commitment to student success by actively developing, implementing, and maintaining programs that enrich student learning, build and maintain a strong sense of community, and promote growth through engagement in the life of the University. Working with students, administration, faculty, and staff, the VPESS serves as an advocate for student learning in all dimensions of student life and has a strong commitment to an inclusive campus community.
With 204 employees, an annual division budget of $16.5M, and more than $11M in tuition aid, the enrollment and student success staff are prepared to support students by providing an intuitive admissions-through-enrollment process as well as transformative experiences outside of the classroom to complement what happens inside the classroom. The VPESS will work with student government leadership to allocate funds and resources within a shared governance context.
This year the University has undertaken a review of the organization and application of enrollment management and the student success and seeks an individual with the experience, leadership skills, and preparation to continue to nurture this new structure. These structural changes were made to more clearly define and align services together to gain synergy and momentum under unified leadership.
Reporting to the President, as a member of the University's senior administrative team, the VPESS will hold the leadership role in aligning the University's enrollment goals to realize the institution's mission, to serve the changing societal needs for public higher education, and to support the continued transformational growth and development of the University. The Vice President will serve on boards, internal and external committees, meet with legislators and elected officials, and represent the president as requested. The incumbent will make public presentations on behalf of the university, the division of Enrollment and Student Success and speak to groups on contemporary issues impacting students.
The VPESS will work closely and collaboratively with leadership in all of the academic and administrative divisions of the University in ways that bring the collective resources and talents of the University community to bear on the work of creating and implementing enrollment strategies and tactics that achieve the University's broad and complex goals. The division of Enrollment and Student Success will include: enrollment services, registrar, call center, disability support services, student success, undergraduate admissions, recruitment, student life, career development, freshman orientation, academic advisement, graduation services, diversity and inclusion, counseling services and health promotions, wellness and sport, sustainability, financial aid, bursar, global affairs, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct/Title IX, testing, veterans affairs, student leadership programs, student organizations, volunteer and service learning, TRiO and GEAR UP grant programs, and community engagement.
The VPESS will maintain a cooperative and collaborative relationship with our Housing and Dining Services team which is currently part of our Campus Enterprises department under the division of Finance and Operations.
Through a consultative relationship with the dean of the Jackson College of Graduate Studies, the VPESS will support the integration of graduate enrollment strategies into the University's comprehensive enrollment plans.
Leading the creation of comprehensive strategic enrollment and recruitment plans, engaging all key constituents across the University; developing coordinated short and long term enrollment goals across all levels of study and for all schools and colleges; effective allocation of existing human and budgetary resources; building a culture of collaboration, data-driven decision making, and accountability; overseeing the development and dissemination of a suite of enrollment management data and reports that is useful to the University community in its enrollment-related efforts; monitoring statewide, national, and international trends that can inform the University's understanding of its goals and plans; tracking and implementing best practices in enrollment and student success strategies; exploring and cultivating opportunities for enhanced partnerships that increase and diversify the University's enrollment pipelines; and constructively bringing strong change management principles to support the work of the professionals in this division.
The successful candidate will bring extensive knowledge of the constantly-changing landscape of public higher education and national demographic trends. The successful candidate will have working knowledge of the competitive nature of the business of enrollment management and creating and nurturing the student experience and will apply that knowledge to the mission, values and strategic vision of the University of Central Oklahoma. Demonstrated success building a dynamic, collaborative and high performing team; success in managing personnel and budgets; a highly developed understanding of and commitment to the goals and mission of a large and diverse public university; and the intelligence, energy and passion required to be a committed participant in the work of building a great university to serve our metropolitan area and state.
Master’s degree; doctorate preferred
Five to seven years of leadership experience with an emphasis on enrollment management administration, with a track record of implementing successful strategies to recruit and retain a diverse student body.
Five years of demonstrated effective leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating, and advocating for programs that support student success and positively impact student outcomes.
Demonstrated successful experience with budget management, supervision of a large staff and staff development and empowerment.
Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to build positive and effective relationships with colleagues, students and the external community.
Ability to work evening and weekends as needed.
Travel required to conferences and meetings throughout the year
Repetitive movement of hands and fingers - typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.