Membership FAQs

Recently, the UCO Alumni Association moved to a non-dues model for membership, meaning all 100,000+ graduates of the university are now considered members of the Association. 

You may now be wondering – what does this mean to me? Below are some frequently asked questions about our new membership model. If you have a question of your own not answered below, please email alumni@uco.edu.

Why is the University of Central Oklahoma Alumni Association eliminating its alumni dues program?
Previously, our communication and engagement efforts focused on our paid alumni base. We felt this worked against our mission of strengthening the connection all alumni have to the university. Now our focus is to communicate and engage with all of our alumni.

How does this enhance engagement?
By moving to a non-dues membership model, this will help remove the barriers to participation that come along with the member/non-member distinction. We are no longer focused on dues solicitation and can instead focus on developing ways alumni can connect back to the university. ​

What has the Association done to set aside funds for engagement?
The university has provided general funding for the Association since 1902 and will continue to do so. We also rely on the support of our affinity partners to generate additional income for activities and program support.

Will people have to "opt in" when current membership expires?
No, current members will not have to take any action. To receive the most up-to-date information, please update your information at www.centralconnection.org/update or email alumni@uco.edu. ​

How does this change affect Lifetime Members?
The alumni benefits at the lifetime level will continue to be unique to our alumni who previously paid dues under this model, but we are also interested to explore additional ways to bring value to your commitment. What would you like to see as Lifetime Members? Is it special invitations to exclusive lifetime member events? Is it more access to Career Services? Email us at alumni@uco.edu. ​

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