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Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas to improve retention and graduation rates. Through this collaboration, Ohio Christian has worked on several initiatives for both the Adult & Graduate Studies (AGS) and Traditional programs to improve first to second-year retention rates.

As part of this effort, the university enacted programs to intentionally reach students at greater academic risk through coaching and tutoring. One example of a program meant to improve student retention is the recently launched personalized coaching program aimed at providing hands-on assistance to students within the AGS program. Since its inception in 2018, the program has seen a 6% increase in first course persistence of new students and a 7% increase in second course pass rate.

As a result of efforts like the personalized coaching program, retention rates have increased 13%. The current retention rate from first to second-year is 70%, which is similar to peer institutions who offer open-enrollment for online classes.

The university is committed to building on this positive trend through the introduction of new orientations for AGS and traditional students, as well as, the creation of an Early Alert System to notify advisors when students are at risk of failing a course.

Ohio Christian will continue to review existing retention programs, improve or restructure them as needed, and initiate new strategies to help students succeed and persist. By developing better programs that equip students for success, OCU seeks to continue its mission to prepare students to impact the world for Christ.

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Incoming Campus Students Attend Summer Orientation

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Published: July 13, 2020

On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing guidelines, and hand sanitizing stations to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus. OCU President Dr. Jon S. Kulaga welcomed the students and encouraged them to be part of God’s story. Students and
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus
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Dr. Melvin Maxwell Graduates to Glory

Dr. Melvin Maxwell - photo by Tom F Watson, used with permission

Published: July 4, 2020

Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with his Savior whom he loved. He was born in Georgetown, Ohio, on November 15, 1921, and grew up during the Great Depression. Though his mother died at an early age, his father was a godly man and raised him and his brother Millard to follow Christ no matter how hard the situation. On August 25, 1942, Maxwell married his wife, Laura. They had three children together: Lawrence (Larry), John, and
Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with his Savior whom he loved. He was born in Georgetown, Ohio, on November 15, 1921, and grew up during the Great Depression. Though his mother died at an early age, his father was a godly man and
Melvin Maxwell was known as a powerful man of God and prayer warrior by those who knew him. On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Dr. Maxwell graduated from this life to his eternal home and was united with
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Prospective Students Have Many Options to Experience Campus this Summer

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Published: June 4, 2020

Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. Learn more. Option 2: Virtual Preview Day Join us for a Virtual Preview Day on Friday, June 26th! Learn why students choose OCU, ask our panelists questions, virtually tour campus, win prizes,
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. 
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1:
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Summer Institute to Offer New Online Courses and Certificates

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Published: May 5, 2020

Ohio Christian University’s Summer Institute provides the opportunity for professionals, K-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or undergraduate level courses at a reduced rate.  OCU is also introducing ten new stand-alone certificate programs as part of the Summer Institute for anyone interested in furthering his or her skills in an area. Most courses begin June 1, 2020. Graduate Level Courses for Teachers and Professors These courses are designed to help K-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree.
Ohio Christian University’s Summer Institute provides the opportunity for professionals, K-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or undergraduate level courses at a reduced rate.  OCU is also introducing ten new stand-alone certificate programs as part of the Summer Institute for anyone interested in furthering his or her skills in
Ohio Christian University’s Summer Institute provides the opportunity for professionals, K-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or
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Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Ray

Lauren Ray Highlight

Published: April 26, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management graduate of OCU, currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life – Housing and Discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. Lady Trailblazer Volleyball fans will remember Lauren as a key member of the program, playing for the team for three seasons (2015-17). Originally from Canal Winchester, OH, Lauren transferred into OCU following her freshman year at Ohio University,
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management graduate of OCU, currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life – Housing and Discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. Lady Trailblazer Volleyball fans will remember Lauren
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management

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Calling Harrison College Students!

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Published: September 19, 2018

Welcome, Harrison College Students! Let Ohio Christian University help you finish what you started at Harrison College! Ohio Christian University’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies offers degree programs at its sites or entirely online. Harrison College students at its Grove City, Ohio’s campus may apply to enroll and to transfer credit hours so their studies are not interrupted by Harrison College’s closing.  Up to $500 Partnership Discount per semester is being offered to transferring Harrison College students. Contact an Ohio Christian University recruiter today!  Our
Welcome, Harrison College Students! Let Ohio Christian University help you finish what you started at Harrison College! Ohio Christian University’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies offers degree programs at its sites or entirely online. Harrison College students at its Grove City, Ohio’s campus may apply to enroll and to transfer credit hours so their studies are not interrupted by
Welcome, Harrison College Students! Let Ohio Christian University help you finish what you started at Harrison College! Ohio Christian University’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies offers
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OCU Celebrates Becoming a Purple Heart University

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Published: September 11, 2018

On Tuesday evening, September 11, Ohio Christian University (OCU) celebrated becoming a Purple Heart University in conjunction with a community event, "Lest We Forget," a service remembering the events of 9/11/2001. An honor guard posted colors, Dr. Jon Kulaga shared a proclamation with those in attendance, and the honor guard concluded their portion of the program with taps. Other highlights of the evening were performances by Dr. Dione Bennett, the University Chamber Singers, the Circleville Men's Barbershop Chorus, and the Pumpkin Show Band of Circleville, Ohio. Pastor Carter
On Tuesday evening, September 11, Ohio Christian University (OCU) celebrated becoming a Purple Heart University in conjunction with a community event, "Lest We Forget," a service remembering the events of 9/11/2001. An honor guard posted colors, Dr. Jon Kulaga shared a proclamation with those in attendance, and the honor guard concluded their portion of the program with taps. Other
On Tuesday evening, September 11, Ohio Christian University (OCU) celebrated becoming a Purple Heart University in conjunction with a community event, "Lest We Forget," a service remembering the
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Secretary of State Husted Shares Plan to Innovate and Invest

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Published: September 10, 2018

Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General Mike DeWine’s and his “Ohio Prosperity Plan” that they will implement if elected Ohio Governor and Lt. Governor. The Plan provides for training to give Ohioans 21st-century technology job skills through funding completion of 10,000 training certificates for skills such as basic computer software coding and data analytics. Short courses will cost around $600 each, offered by the likes of the
Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General Mike DeWine’s and his “Ohio Prosperity Plan” that they will implement if elected Ohio Governor and Lt. Governor. The Plan provides for training to give Ohioans 21st-century technology job skills
Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General
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Criminal Justice Program Keeps Students Current

Criminal Justice Students Watch K-9 Search Demo

Published: September 7, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) Criminal Justice Program students participated in several learning enrichment events recently that included attending expert advisory council discussions, touring an Ohio penal institution, and observing canine-assisted narcotics crime apprehension. Criminal Justice Advisory Council Meeting OCU’s Criminal Justice Department held its annual Criminal Justice Advisory Council meeting. The Council collaborates with the Criminal Justice Program director to ensure students receive a current and comprehensive curriculum that prepares them to succeed in
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Criminal Justice Program students participated in several learning enrichment events recently that included attending expert advisory council discussions, touring an Ohio penal institution, and observing canine-assisted narcotics crime apprehension. Criminal Justice Advisory Council Meeting OCU’s Criminal Justice Department held its annual Criminal Justice
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Criminal Justice Program students participated in several learning enrichment events recently that included attending expert advisory council discussions, touring an