US Department of Education to Match Donations for Innovative UCO STLR Program

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US Department of Education to Match Donations for Innovative UCO STLR Program

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 15:40
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The U.S. Department of Education will match all donations to a campaign benefiting the University of Central Oklahoma’s Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR). All donations made to the Student Transformation Learning Endowment through the UCO Foundation will be matched up to $1 million through Sept. 30, 2020. The STLR initiative, implemented in 2014, seeks to further the development of UCO students beyond their traditional academic degree work.

STLR was launched to track, assess and record soft skills gathered in and out of the Central classroom. STLR Snapshots are like second transcripts that help students display their growth in core areas that resonate with employers and graduate schools, such as leadership and cultural competencies. In addition to an academic degree, prospective employers and graduate programs look for experiences beyond the classroom – those that can be applied to real-world situations.

Funds from the endowment directly impact UCO students by paying them to undertake out-of-class, transformative learning projects. Since the program’s inception, student projects have included scientific cancer research, restarting music programs in local schools, providing services to the homeless in the Oklahoma City metropolitan community and hundreds more.

“Donations to the Student Transformative Learning Endowment help generate the funding that goes directly to students to let them work with faculty and staff mentors on outside-of-class research projects,” said Jeff King, Ed.D., executive director of the UCO Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning. 

“Without this funding, many students must find off-campus jobs not related to their field of study.”

Since STLR’s launch, more than 600 independent student projects employing 1,190 students were awarded more than $3.5 million in student payroll funding, plus an additional $132,000 for project supplies.

To maximize the impact on Central student experiences out of the classroom, consider donating to the STLR Endowment by Sept. 30, 2020, at give.uco.edu/stlr.

For more information about STLR, visit stlr.uco.edu.