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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 student Molly Taylor and her mother, Kitty Stone sit at an orientation meeting.

OCU Welcomes Students at Orientation Day 2019

Incoming student Molly Taylor and her mother, Kitty Stone sit at an orientation meeting.

Published: June 14, 2019

Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates. After the students settled down, OCU Provost, Dr. Bradford Sample and Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Department Chair, encouraged the new students to pursue academic excellence and to, above all, grow in Christ. Jones also gave a warm welcome to the students saying, “We here are family, and your faculty members here truly care about you the student and
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates. After the students settled down, OCU Provost, Dr. Bradford Sample and Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Department Chair, encouraged the new students to pursue
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Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later

Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later image

Published: June 6, 2019

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Memorial Day

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Published: May 22, 2019

By Dave Hirschler, Director of Brand Identity Ohio Christian University is grateful for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It is with appreciation that we celebrate with our fellow Americans in observing Memorial Day. Previously known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  On a personal level, I love history and all things patriotic, as does my wife. As such, our family has developed a tradition of attending a Memorial Day service each year. We generally
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Remembering Sarah Dorsey

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Published: May 10, 2019

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The wife of Rev. Morton Dorsey, Ohio Christian University’s 5th president, Sarah Dorsey, passed away at Fox Run Manor in Findlay, Ohio on Monday, May 6th, 2019. Rev. Dorsey served as the president

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OCU Breaks Ground on the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center

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Published: August 19, 2015

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Published: July 21, 2015

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Published: July 9, 2015

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OCU Looks to Future

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Published: February 10, 2015

By Steven CollinsStaff Reporter for the Circleville HeraldOriginally published on 2/7/15It is shaping up to be a year of progress and growth for Ohio Christian University (OCU).Hank Kelly, provost at OCU, said two of the bigger projects coming up at the university include construction of the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center and the Ministry/Performing Arts Center.“They will change the face of the campus, definitely,” he said. “By building out that way, it will make the whole campus look bigger. New buildings always bring new people and new attention.”Mike
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Published: June 12, 2014

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