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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.

Articles of Interest

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
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
Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later image

Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later

Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later image

Published: June 6, 2019

On June 6th 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the shores of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. General Dwight D. Eisenhower described the operation as a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” The bravery and strength shown on this day allowed soldiers to infiltrate Europe and work to combat Adolf Hitler. D-Day commemorates the first day of the Normandy landings and is still honored and remembered 75 years later. Still the largest seaborne invasion in history, D-Day serves as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices of soldiers and the international
On June 6th 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the shores of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. General Dwight D. Eisenhower described the operation as a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” The bravery and strength shown on this day allowed soldiers to infiltrate Europe and work to combat Adolf Hitler. D-Day commemorates the first day of the Normandy
On June 6th 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the shores of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. General Dwight D. Eisenhower described the operation as a crusade in which “we will accept
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Memorial Day

Memorial Day image

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
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
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
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Remembering Sarah Dorsey

Remembering Sarah Dorsey image

Published: May 10, 2019

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 from 1959-1964. During Dorsey's years at Ohio Christian University, the Ohio Board of Education awarded the University its first State Charter. Sarah became very involved with the University while her husband was president. She taught music and was the choir director during their time here. We are grateful for everything Sarah and Rev. Morton Dorsey did for Ohio Christian University. Our
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 from 1959-1964. During Dorsey's years at Ohio Christian University, the Ohio Board of Education awarded the University its first State Charter. Sarah became very involved with the University while
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 Doubles Internet Connection image

OCU Doubles Internet Connection

OCU Doubles Internet Connection image

Published: March 31, 2014

Today, in order to further enhance students' educational experience, Ohio Christian University (OCU) has doubled the capacity of its internet connection. This expansion will improve internet connectivity for both residential and online students. With the proliferation of online learning this move to increase internet capacity will benefit all students, including online students who access the OCU network from all across the globe. In this Digital Age, the internet is utilized in all aspects of the learning process by providing a powerful source of information as well as a means for
Today, in order to further enhance students' educational experience, Ohio Christian University (OCU) has doubled the capacity of its internet connection. This expansion will improve internet connectivity for both residential and online students. With the proliferation of online learning this move to increase internet capacity will benefit all students, including online students who access
Today, in order to further enhance students' educational experience, Ohio Christian University (OCU) has doubled the capacity of its internet connection. This expansion will improve internet
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New Career Services Website for OCU

New Career Services Website for OCU image

Published: January 9, 2014

The Career Services Department of OCU announces the new Career Services website. This site is accessible through the students’ My OCU site and can assist them in many ways. Students can create resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. They may also utilize this site to search for Work Study jobs, local part time jobs, Christian Service opportunities and even the option for national job searches. Potentially, in the future, students may use the site to search for internship possibilities.Career Services will no longer send out emails advising of job opportunities. Instead all OCU
The Career Services Department of OCU announces the new Career Services website. This site is accessible through the students’ My OCU site and can assist them in many ways. Students can create resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. They may also utilize this site to search for Work Study jobs, local part time jobs, Christian Service opportunities and even the option for national job
The Career Services Department of OCU announces the new Career Services website. This site is accessible through the students’ My OCU site and can assist them in many ways. Students can create
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OCU Wins Federal EDA Grant to Develop Small Business Incubator

OCU Wins Federal EDA Grant to Develop Small Business Incubator image

Published: October 1, 2013

Ohio Christian University (OCU) has been awarded a $2.5 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), to establish the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center.The success of this effort would not have been possible without the unprecedented collaboration of partners and supporters led by OCU, including Ryan Scribner of the Pickaway Progress Partnership (P3), Kenny McDonald of Columbus 2020, Jay Wippel of the Pickaway County Board of Commissioners, TechColumbus, the economic development offices of Pickaway,
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has been awarded a $2.5 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), to establish the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center.The success of this effort would not have been possible without the unprecedented collaboration of partners and supporters led by OCU, including Ryan Scribner
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has been awarded a $2.5 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), to establish the Southern Gateway
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OCU Community Garden '13

OCU Community Garden '13 image

Published: August 1, 2013

Ohio Christian University is, once again, diving into their Community Garden Project. They received a grant $60,000 last year from the Arington Foundation. Dr. Rick Christman is providing oversight for the project this year and pushing through some big obstacles. The rain has been great, but makes it hard for upkeep. We currently have 4 employees that maintain the garden by weeding, watering, harvesting, as well as marketing and sales of produce. We are growing a wide range of crops including tomatoes, corn, a variety of peppers, squash, zucchini, etc. Produce is also given to local
Ohio Christian University is, once again, diving into their Community Garden Project. They received a grant $60,000 last year from the Arington Foundation. Dr. Rick Christman is providing oversight for the project this year and pushing through some big obstacles. The rain has been great, but makes it hard for upkeep. We currently have 4 employees that maintain the garden by weeding, watering
Ohio Christian University is, once again, diving into their Community Garden Project. They received a grant $60,000 last year from the Arington Foundation. Dr. Rick Christman is providing oversight
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OCU Announces Application for Federal Grant

OCU Announces Application for Federal Grant image

Published: June 5, 2013

Ohio Christian University would like to announce its application for a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This grant will help fund the development of the proposed Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center, on the campus of Ohio Christian University. The proposed project is 2 miles east of the city of Circleville in Pickaway County. Project design drawings (for download, below) will be made available for public review and comments for 30 days beginning on 6/10/13.All interested persons wishing to express their views concerning the project may submit
Ohio Christian University would like to announce its application for a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This grant will help fund the development of the proposed Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center, on the campus of Ohio Christian University. The proposed project is 2 miles east of the city of Circleville in Pickaway County. Project design drawings
Ohio Christian University would like to announce its application for a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This grant will help fund the development of the proposed Southern