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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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Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted Speaks on Campus image

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted Speaks on Campus

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted Speaks on Campus image

Published: November 8, 2019

Almost 100 people gathered in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Ohio Christian University to attend a Rural Development Forum on Oct. 31. The event was organized by The Montrose Group LLC and the keynote address was made by Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted. The morning consisted of a number of panel discussions addressing economic development and challenges facing rural communities. The panels were chaired by local business leaders, academic professionals, and state and local representatives. Ohio Christian University’s Chief Relationship Officer, Craig Brown, also
Almost 100 people gathered in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Ohio Christian University to attend a Rural Development Forum on Oct. 31. The event was organized by The Montrose Group LLC and the keynote address was made by Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted. The morning consisted of a number of panel discussions addressing economic development and challenges facing rural
Almost 100 people gathered in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Ohio Christian University to attend a Rural Development Forum on Oct. 31. The event was organized by The Montrose Group
Students Relax at Fall Fest image

Students Relax at Fall Fest

Students Relax at Fall Fest image

Published: November 8, 2019

On Oct. 28, Ohio Christian University students gathered in a sea of flannels and costumes to celebrate the annual Fall Fest. The event, hosted by the Student Involvement Council, is a time for students to gather and celebrate fall together in the final months before winter. The celebration included several outdoor games and activities. Some students tested their aiming skills in archery while others faced off against each other in a game of cornhole. Other activities included 9 Square, Spikeball, and KanJam. Spiritual Formation Director Kevin Bennie also provided a hayride throughout
On Oct. 28, Ohio Christian University students gathered in a sea of flannels and costumes to celebrate the annual Fall Fest. The event, hosted by the Student Involvement Council, is a time for students to gather and celebrate fall together in the final months before winter. The celebration included several outdoor games and activities. Some students tested their aiming skills in archery
On Oct. 28, Ohio Christian University students gathered in a sea of flannels and costumes to celebrate the annual Fall Fest. The event, hosted by the Student Involvement Council, is a time for
Ohio Christian Extends Support to Cincinnati Christian University Students image

Ohio Christian Extends Support to Cincinnati Christian University Students

Ohio Christian Extends Support to Cincinnati Christian University Students image

Published: November 8, 2019

Ohio Christian University was saddened to learn that Cincinnati Christian University would close at the end of the semester. The loss of campus community and the uncertainty this news brings must be an incredible burden. Ohio Christian is prepared to welcome CCU students into our family and has made a transfer agreement with CCU to help current students complete their education as easily as possible. Additionally, we have created a special scholarship for CCU students who transfer full time to Ohio Christian University to ease the financial burden of transferring. The administration
Ohio Christian University was saddened to learn that Cincinnati Christian University would close at the end of the semester. The loss of campus community and the uncertainty this news brings must be an incredible burden. Ohio Christian is prepared to welcome CCU students into our family and has made a transfer agreement with CCU to help current students complete their education as easily as
Ohio Christian University was saddened to learn that Cincinnati Christian University would close at the end of the semester. The loss of campus community and the uncertainty this news brings must
Trailblazers Participate In 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day image

Trailblazers Participate In 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day

Trailblazers Participate In 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day image

Published: October 16, 2019

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Last Wednesday, the Trailblazer Athletic Department, in partnership with the university, participated in the 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day. This year, Ohio Christian partnered with United Way of Pickaway County to expand the reach and scope by coordinating and bringing together the organizations individual efforts to serve the community.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Last Wednesday, the Trailblazer Athletic Department, in partnership with the university, participated in the 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day. This year, Ohio Christian partnered with United Way of Pickaway County to expand the reach and scope by coordinating and bringing together the organizations individual efforts to serve the community.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Last Wednesday, the Trailblazer Athletic Department, in partnership with the university, participated in the 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day. This year, Ohio
Students Serve Community in 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day image

Students Serve Community in 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day

Students Serve Community in 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day image

Published: October 16, 2019

Over 460 students from Ohio Christian University and local high schools through a partnership with United Way of Pickaway County came together on Oct. 9 to serve the community. During OCU’s 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day, students engaged in clean up and restoration projects at 44 sites throughout Circleville and the surrounding county. Before starting, the students were addressed by event organizers, Ralph C. Starkey’s daughter Beth Starkey Hill, Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy, and Pickaway County Commissioner Brian Stewart. Executive Director of United Way Jama
Over 460 students from Ohio Christian University and local high schools through a partnership with United Way of Pickaway County came together on Oct. 9 to serve the community. During OCU’s 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day, students engaged in clean up and restoration projects at 44 sites throughout Circleville and the surrounding county. Before starting, the students were
Over 460 students from Ohio Christian University and local high schools through a partnership with United Way of Pickaway County came together on Oct. 9 to serve the community. During OCU’s 21st

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Dr Joe Perez

AGS Faculty Profile: Dr. Joe Perez

Dr Joe Perez

Published: October 26, 2018

Dr. Joe Perez’s doctorate is in organizational leadership and human resource development. His MBA is in finance, and he is an American Economic Association member and reviews journal articles for the International Leadership Association. He recently published ‘An Exploration of Global Leadership: Culture, Ethics, and Conflict Management’ in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability, and Ethics where he discusses challenges to leading in a global environment and the characteristics and practices needed to develop and maintain healthy teamwork. Earlier in his career, Perez was Tampa
Dr. Joe Perez’s doctorate is in organizational leadership and human resource development. His MBA is in finance, and he is an American Economic Association member and reviews journal articles for the International Leadership Association. He recently published ‘An Exploration of Global Leadership: Culture, Ethics, and Conflict Management’ in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability, and
Dr. Joe Perez’s doctorate is in organizational leadership and human resource development. His MBA is in finance, and he is an American Economic Association member and reviews journal articles for
Ohio Christian University Celebrates Circleville's 115th Pumpkin Show  image

Ohio Christian University Celebrates Circleville's 115th Pumpkin Show

Ohio Christian University Celebrates Circleville's 115th Pumpkin Show  image

Published: October 22, 2018

Billed as the ‘Greatest Free Show on Earth’, the 115-year-old Circleville Pumpkin Show drew over 300,000 participants on October 16 through 19. Recognized as Ohio’s oldest festival, the show is a ‘standout’ event that features everything pumpkin, including a 1,607-pound pumpkin and the ‘World’s largest pumpkin pie,’ along with popular pumpkin-foodstuffs—from candy to donuts to burgers to ice cream, and much more. Each day, Ohio Christian University (OCU) faculty, staff, and students participated in the floats parade on an OCU-designed float featuring its “A Future with a History”
Billed as the ‘Greatest Free Show on Earth’, the 115-year-old Circleville Pumpkin Show drew over 300,000 participants on October 16 through 19. Recognized as Ohio’s oldest festival, the show is a ‘standout’ event that features everything pumpkin, including a 1,607-pound pumpkin and the ‘World’s largest pumpkin pie,’ along with popular pumpkin-foodstuffs—from candy to donuts to burgers to ice
Billed as the ‘Greatest Free Show on Earth’, the 115-year-old Circleville Pumpkin Show drew over 300,000 participants on October 16 through 19. Recognized as Ohio’s oldest festival, the show is a ‘
Dr. Cindi Celski, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Opens!

Dr. Cindi Celski, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Published: October 11, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) and the College of Adult
Ohio Christian University (OCU) and the College of Adult
Ohio Christian University (OCU) and the College of Adult
October Preview Day – A Compelling Experience image

October Preview Day – A Compelling Experience

October Preview Day – A Compelling Experience image

Published: October 9, 2018

Nearly one hundred prospective students and parents visited Ohio Christian University during Homecoming Weekend on the University's main Circleville, Ohio, campus for October Preview Day. The visitors received guided tours of the campus decorated for Homecoming festivities. They attended a chapel service, met with future professors and athletics coaches, and dined in the cafeteria, experiencing a Residential Undergraduate Program. In the afternoon, faculty conducted sample classes featuring their disciplines. They included Criminal Investigations for Criminal Justice, English
Nearly one hundred prospective students and parents visited Ohio Christian University during Homecoming Weekend on the University's main Circleville, Ohio, campus for October Preview Day. The visitors received guided tours of the campus decorated for Homecoming festivities. They attended a chapel service, met with future professors and athletics coaches, and dined in the cafeteria,
Nearly one hundred prospective students and parents visited Ohio Christian University during Homecoming Weekend on the University's main Circleville, Ohio, campus for October Preview Day. The
AGS Recruiter Janice Chilcote

AGS Insights: Interview with Recruiter Janice Chilcote

AGS Recruiter Janice Chilcote

Published: October 5, 2018

Q: How does OCU’s Adult
Q: How does OCU’s Adult
Q: How does OCU’s Adult