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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
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
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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

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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
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
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Remembering Sarah Dorsey

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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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Ohio Christian Dedicates New Student Center

Ohio Christian Dedicates New Student Center image

Published: March 25, 2013

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Ohio Christian University (OCU) conducted a dedication ceremony for its 30,000 square foot, $6 million Dean and Diana Hickman Student Center on March 23rd. The building includes a cafeteria, café, bookstore, intramural gym space, game room, classrooms, and offices. The building was needed to support the rapidly growing student body at OCU.The building is named after Dean and Diana Hickman
Ohio Christian University (OCU) conducted a dedication ceremony for its 30,000 square foot, $6 million Dean and Diana Hickman Student Center on March 23rd. The building includes a cafeteria, café,
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OCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies Reaches 3,000 Students

OCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies Reaches 3,000 Students image

Published: March 7, 2013

Ohio Christian University celebrates having 3,000 students enrolled in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. The AGS program with a convenient one night a week schedule, online options, and affordable tuition has made college a possibility for many adults.“Reaching 3000 AGS students is the culmination of a lot of hard work, dedication, and prayer,” said Silvia Lucaschi-Decker, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing. “This milestone could not have been possible without our efficient recruitment and student services teams led by knowledgeable and caring leaders.”This
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New book! Melvin M. Maxwell: A Tribute

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Published: February 6, 2013

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OCU Professor Named Chillicothe Schools’ Educator Emeritus

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Published: February 3, 2013

The Chillicothe City Schools and the Chillicothe Education Association recognized Ohio Christian University mathematics professor Dennis Ray as this year's Educator Emeritus.  The ceremony was held Friday, January 18.Ray spent his entire 30-year public school teaching career at Chillicothe High School, retiring in 2008. He taught all levels of mathematics from ninth-grade math to AP Calculus.Ray was the Carrollton High School salutatorian in 1974. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1978 from the College of Wooster and began teaching at Chillicothe High School the fall of
The Chillicothe City Schools and the Chillicothe Education Association recognized Ohio Christian University mathematics professor Dennis Ray as this year's Educator Emeritus.  The ceremony was held Friday, January 18.Ray spent his entire 30-year public school teaching career at Chillicothe High School, retiring in 2008. He taught all levels of mathematics from ninth-grade math to AP Calculus
The Chillicothe City Schools and the Chillicothe Education Association recognized Ohio Christian University mathematics professor Dennis Ray as this year's Educator Emeritus.  The ceremony was held
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OCU Professor Heads Prestigious Accrediting Committee

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Published: January 24, 2013

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OCU Professor Dr. Joe Brown has been appointed to lead a Review Committee for the Association for Biblical Higher Education.  Brown was the OCU Vice President for Academic Affairs for 12 years before stepping into a part-time teaching roll last spring.  In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, Brown leads OCU’s Master of Arts in Ministry program that had its first
OCU Professor Dr. Joe Brown has been appointed to lead a Review Committee for the Association for Biblical Higher Education.  Brown was the OCU Vice President for Academic Affairs for 12 years