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New downtown campus opens at UCO

UCO President, Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar speaks during the open house and ribbon cutting for the new UCO at Santa Fe Plaza campus that will house STEM education, an MBA program and the KUCO-FM radio station. Monday, December 16, 2019. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
UCO President, Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar speaks during the open house and ribbon cutting for the new UCO at Santa Fe Plaza campus that will house STEM education, an MBA program and the KUCO-FM radio station. Monday, December 16, 2019. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

UCO opens new downtown campus

The University of Central Oklahoma has opened its new downtown Oklahoma City branch.

UCO at Santa Fe Plaza is a new learning center with classroom and lab space. It houses the university's small business incubator along with meeting spaces for local businesses and KUCO-FM, the campus radio station.

Starting in the spring, UCO at Santa Fe Plaza will house its master's in business administration program. Officials anticipate other master's-level programs will join the campus in the future, including programs teacher business analytics and public administration.

UCO's existing downtown campus at the Carnegie Centre will remain operational, said Provost John Barthell. Once space there filled up with the university's night classes, officials began looking for somewhere new.

"In the process, why not come out of the basement, go into a place where we've got some light?" Barthell said.

The new facility reflects school colors yellow and blue throughout the small campus, which is located within the Santa Fe Parking Complex. Windows have replaced exterior walls in the concrete structure.

"What I told the faculty that were down there teaching at the Carnegie is: I know that these are not the best conditions to teach in. You have nice classrooms, but you really don't have many places to sit. You don't have any places for privacy so that you can talk to students about exams or things like that," said Barthell. "And so we hope to designate certain rooms for certain programs and a faculty down here, they can go in and talk with the student individually, one or more small groups of students."

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