Ohio Christian University Celebrates Record Enrollment - Breaks 1600
Smith explained that "the faculty at Ohio Christian University are committed to exceptional academic programs and that 'world class excellence' must be the mantra of the university. The increase in student enrollment was the result of the faculty, staff, and administration working to develop and implement a strategic plan to reach 2000 students by 2011."
At the Convocation, Reverend Phil Batten was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Batten is an OCU alumnus who has been in ministry for 30 years. He heads LightHouse, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that distributes food in Cleveland's inner city using its "Heaven Train" bus. He has received many awards from the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Browns Organization, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, State of Ohio, and federal authorities for his outstanding work in the urban community.
Also at the Convocation, Dr. David Garrison was named Faculty of the Year for the 2009-10 academic year. Garrison is the Business Department Chair and has led revision of the Business programs, greatly enhancing the offering and interest in the programs. He also authors a weekly column in the Circleville Herald.
The enrollment growth has required new residence halls to house students. A new "Townhouse" was recently completed on the Circleville campus that houses 25 upper-class students. Additionally, the former Victoria Terrace located on Clark Drive in Circleville was purchased last month and is occupied by 24 upper-class students.
Also completed on the Circleville campus in August was the Science and Logistics Center. This 7,700 square foot building includes much-needed classrooms and faculty offices. Logistics Management is a local initiative to serve Pickaway County with the Intermodal expansion of Rickenbacker International Airport, but is also for students who serve in intercultural studies who may end up in logistics relief efforts in other countries.
President Smith reiterated that as the university grows, the community of Circleville must be served and that OCU will not be an "ivory tower," out of touch with the community. As evidence Ohio Christian University has over 200 High School Students taking dual credit, Post Secondary classes this fall for college credit. Over 100 students are from Teays Valley High School. Dr. Smith is working with Logan Elm, Circleville, and Westfall to give high school students the same opportunity this spring for taking advantage of this low cost option for college credit.
Ohio Christian University is one of the fastest growing universities in Ohio. Over the past five years enrollment has grown 400 percent. With a heritage dating back to 1948, Ohio Christian University offers a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families and in the world. Students enrolled in OCU's traditional undergraduate program attend classes at its main campus in Circleville, Ohio. OCU's AIM Adult Program offers 12 campus locations in the surrounding region as well as online degree programs.