OCU Academic Advising Appreciated by Students
Students at Ohio Christian University appreciate the academic advising that is available to them. In fall 2013, students were invited to participate in surveys through the higher education consulting group Noel Levitz. Participating in these national surveys allows OCU to see how satisfied students are as compared to others around the country.
In the traditional undergraduate program, current OCU students showed high levels of satisfaction with their faculty member’s academic advising as compared to students in other categories. The comparison points were OCU students in 2009 as well as students in national four-year private institutions and institutions who are members of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
In the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, the feedback was used for improvement in academic advising. Based on the following feedback, the AGS Student Services area is being restructured this summer from assignments alphabetically by student name to specific programs (e.g., business, ministry, nursing). This reorganization will allow AGS’s professional Academic Advisors to specialize in the intricacies of their programs, thereby better serving students.
AGS online students demonstrated very increased levels of satisfaction as compared to four years ago. Current students’ results were compared with OCU students in 2009 as well as students in national online programs.
The satisfaction of AGS students who attend at onsite locations also was much improved as compared to four years ago. Their results were compared with onsite students in 2009 as well as students in national adult onsite programs.
These results confirm the high levels of satisfaction demonstrated in end-of-course evaluations and alumni surveys. Ohio Christian University is continually seeking feedback from current students, recent graduates, long-time alumni, and advisory groups so that improvements can continue to strengthen students’ satisfaction and preparation for service.
Ohio Christian University, founded in 1948 and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation, is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs for traditional undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult and online students. Additionally, the Trailblazer Academy allows high school students to complete college classes. All programs are designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families, and the world. Ohio Christian is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.