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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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Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day! image

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day!

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day! image

Published: April 18, 2019

April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service attitude taught at OCU.  With help from Volunteer Economy and RPHF Solid Waste District, students were equipped to effectively serve and feel prepared to do so. Students served in various capacities
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400
OCU Scholars Day 2019 Has Big Winners! image

OCU Scholars Day 2019 Has Big Winners!

OCU Scholars Day 2019 Has Big Winners! image

Published: March 22, 2019

Each year Ohio Christian University conducts a Scholars Day where applicants compete for over $300,000 worth of scholarships. Scholars Day provides an opportunity to compete for the Creative Communities Scholarship, the Ohio's Future Scholarship and the Homeschool Excellence Scholarship, which are each worth $50,000 and guarantee a coveted internship position. Also awarded is OCU’s highest scholarship, the Distinguished Trailblazer Scholarship, which covers all tuition costs for a four year degree. During Scholars Day, students compete for the full-ride tuition scholarship to OCU
Each year Ohio Christian University conducts a Scholars Day where applicants compete for over $300,000 worth of scholarships. Scholars Day provides an opportunity to compete for the Creative Communities Scholarship, the Ohio's Future Scholarship and the Homeschool Excellence Scholarship, which are each worth $50,000 and guarantee a coveted internship position. Also awarded is OCU’s highest
Each year Ohio Christian University conducts a Scholars Day where applicants compete for over $300,000 worth of scholarships. Scholars Day provides an opportunity to compete for the Creative
State Representative Rick Carfagna Visits Campus image

State Representative Rick Carfagna Visits Campus

State Representative Rick Carfagna Visits Campus image

Published: March 11, 2019

On Friday, March 8th, State Representative Rick Carfagna (Chair, Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education) visited Ohio Christian University (OCU). He was welcomed to the president’s office by Dr. Jon Kulaga (President), Ted Perry (Chief Financial Officer) and Craig Brown (Chief Relationship Officer) where the group discussed multiple partnerships related to micro-credentialing, entrepreneurship and workforce development for regional incumbent industry. Rep. Carfagna received a campus tour from OCU students, then ended his time on campus with a meeting in the Robert W. Plaster Free
On Friday, March 8th, State Representative Rick Carfagna (Chair, Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education) visited Ohio Christian University (OCU). He was welcomed to the president’s office by Dr. Jon Kulaga (President), Ted Perry (Chief Financial Officer) and Craig Brown (Chief Relationship Officer) where the group discussed multiple partnerships related to micro-credentialing,
On Friday, March 8th, State Representative Rick Carfagna (Chair, Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education) visited Ohio Christian University (OCU). He was welcomed to the president’s office by Dr.

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OCU Approved to Offer Master of Business Administration image

OCU Approved to Offer Master of Business Administration

OCU Approved to Offer Master of Business Administration image

Published: June 7, 2012

Ohio Christian University (OCU) received word that it is now approved to offer the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Management. This was the final approval required from the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditation organization. Beginning in August, these programs will be offered through OCU’s convenient College of Adult and Graduate Studies with the option of taking online or one-night-a-week evening classes.Dr. Tim Eades, Vice President for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, stated, “We determined the need for these programs by surveying
Ohio Christian University (OCU) received word that it is now approved to offer the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Management. This was the final approval required from the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditation organization. Beginning in August, these programs will be offered through OCU’s convenient College of Adult and Graduate Studies with the option
Ohio Christian University (OCU) received word that it is now approved to offer the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Management. This was the final approval required from the
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Senior Class of 2012 Leaves a Legacy

Senior Class of 2012 Leaves a Legacy image

Published: May 15, 2012

The Ohio Christian University Student Government Association is proud to announce the Senior Class of 2012 gift to the university. The Senior Class Council has purchased a bronze plaque of the University Seal to be placed in the Walk of Legacy. The Student Government Association Executive Council found it appropriate to have the bronze plaque as a part of the Walk of Legacy because the senior class has left an imprint where their legacy will carry on through the generations.  The Senior Class Council has chosen a quote by the late Martin Luther King Jr., “Our lives begin to end the day
The Ohio Christian University Student Government Association is proud to announce the Senior Class of 2012 gift to the university. The Senior Class Council has purchased a bronze plaque of the University Seal to be placed in the Walk of Legacy. The Student Government Association Executive Council found it appropriate to have the bronze plaque as a part of the Walk of Legacy because the
The Ohio Christian University Student Government Association is proud to announce the Senior Class of 2012 gift to the university. The Senior Class Council has purchased a bronze plaque of the
OCU Receives $60,000 for Community Garden image

OCU Receives $60,000 for Community Garden

OCU Receives $60,000 for Community Garden image

Published: March 26, 2012

Ohio Christian University (OCU) has received a $60,000 grant from an Ohio Foundation to develop a community garden project. Ohio Christian University agricultural and intercultural studies students will be hired to work on the project. The primary goal of this project is to train students to grow food for themselves and the world so they, in turn, can teach others. The old proverb, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime,” is the focus of this grant. Local farmer Tim Cook will supervise and train the students.Ohio Christian
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has received a $60,000 grant from an Ohio Foundation to develop a community garden project. Ohio Christian University agricultural and intercultural studies students will be hired to work on the project. The primary goal of this project is to train students to grow food for themselves and the world so they, in turn, can teach others. The old proverb, “Give a
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has received a $60,000 grant from an Ohio Foundation to develop a community garden project. Ohio Christian University agricultural and intercultural studies students
Dr. Malon Mimms Provides $2.5 Million Gift image

Dr. Malon Mimms Provides $2.5 Million Gift

Dr. Malon Mimms Provides $2.5 Million Gift image

Published: January 23, 2012

OCU is pleased to announce that Atlanta businessman Dr. Malon Mimms has gifted a 2.55 million dollar building and property in Atlanta, Georgia.The building is located on I-75 and will be used to establish the second Georgia educational site for OCU.  In giving the gift, Dr. Mimms expressed a hope to provide a great opportunity for the Atlanta area by investing in Ohio Christian University.  Dr. Mimms also expressed that he hopes others will be inspired to give to the cause of Christian education.OCU will use the building to offer AIM evening classes designed for busy adults. The first
OCU is pleased to announce that Atlanta businessman Dr. Malon Mimms has gifted a 2.55 million dollar building and property in Atlanta, Georgia.The building is located on I-75 and will be used to establish the second Georgia educational site for OCU.  In giving the gift, Dr. Mimms expressed a hope to provide a great opportunity for the Atlanta area by investing in Ohio Christian University.  
OCU is pleased to announce that Atlanta businessman Dr. Malon Mimms has gifted a 2.55 million dollar building and property in Atlanta, Georgia.The building is located on I-75 and will be used to
Kelly, Eades, and Frederick Present at Conferences and Are Published image

Kelly, Eades, and Frederick Present at Conferences and Are Published

Kelly, Eades, and Frederick Present at Conferences and Are Published image

Published: June 23, 2011

Dr. Hank Kelly, Dr. Tim Eades, and Heidi Frederick presented "Quality Adult Education: Focus on Curriculum, Faculty, and Students" at two conferences this spring. Their presentation focused on how to meet the unique needs of adult students through writing strong curricula, hiring academically and experientially qualified faculty, and providing excellent student services. Adult students have a wealth of background experiences that also serves as a rich source of content and adults value relevancy. They have the self-concept and motivation to learn in the right environment, and Ohio
Dr. Hank Kelly, Dr. Tim Eades, and Heidi Frederick presented "Quality Adult Education: Focus on Curriculum, Faculty, and Students" at two conferences this spring. Their presentation focused on how to meet the unique needs of adult students through writing strong curricula, hiring academically and experientially qualified faculty, and providing excellent student services. Adult students have
Dr. Hank Kelly, Dr. Tim Eades, and Heidi Frederick presented "Quality Adult Education: Focus on Curriculum, Faculty, and Students" at two conferences this spring. Their presentation focused on how