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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
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

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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 Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Ohio Christian Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution image

Published: September 5, 2018

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. Schools scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award.  The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of earning 100 points.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. Schools scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Champions of Character Five-Star
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA
Walk to End Alzhieimer's Disease

OCU Leads the Way at Local Alzheimer's Event

Walk to End Alzhieimer's Disease

Published: August 25, 2018

AlzheimerGroupPhoto.jpg Sixty faculty, staff, and students, including President Dr. Jon Kulaga and his wife Lena, participated in the Circleville, Ohio, 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, one of over 600 similar events held annually nationwide. Ohio Christian University (OCU), the top local sponsor, was tasked with underwriting the spinning flowers along the route, earning the title Promise Garden Sponsor.  Team captain, Kelsey Cutright, Director of Student Life at OCU, had this to say of the event, “It was an upbeat atmosphere. There was exciting music, and everyone walked in a
AlzheimerGroupPhoto.jpg Sixty faculty, staff, and students, including President Dr. Jon Kulaga and his wife Lena, participated in the Circleville, Ohio, 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, one of over 600 similar events held annually nationwide. Ohio Christian University (OCU), the top local sponsor, was tasked with underwriting the spinning flowers along the route, earning the title
AlzheimerGroupPhoto.jpg Sixty faculty, staff, and students, including President Dr. Jon Kulaga and his wife Lena, participated in the Circleville, Ohio, 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, one
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2018 OCU Fall Move-In Day Proves One of Best!

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Published: August 18, 2018

Ohio Christian University’s 2018 fall semester Move-In Day proved one of the best. As rain-laden early-day clouds dispersed, a bright sun emerged to enliven this much-anticipated and event-filled day.  Greeted by “#OCUMoveIn - Welcome Home” posters, an eager class of new students streamed into the University’s Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC) to sign in, check into dorms, and finish financial arrangements. Admissions staff, clad in OCU-blue polo shirts, warmly greeted the newcomers.  Blue and silver balloons festooned check-in tables where the freshmen picked up First Year
Ohio Christian University’s 2018 fall semester Move-In Day proved one of the best. As rain-laden early-day clouds dispersed, a bright sun emerged to enliven this much-anticipated and event-filled day.  Greeted by “#OCUMoveIn - Welcome Home” posters, an eager class of new students streamed into the University’s Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC) to sign in, check into dorms, and
Ohio Christian University’s 2018 fall semester Move-In Day proved one of the best. As rain-laden early-day clouds dispersed, a bright sun emerged to enliven this much-anticipated and event-filled
OCU Emergency Management Program Ranks #3

Ohio Christian University Ranks #3 of Online Emergency Management Programs!

OCU Emergency Management Program Ranks #3

Published: August 6, 2018

Best Schools has ranked Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program #3 among the top 15 programs based on its quality and courses provided, as well as the school’s other awards, rankings, and reputation. OCU's Emergency and Disaster Management program trains students to lead during disasters. Graduates contribute during every stage of disaster management and recovery, including providing immediate relief and rebuilding and redeveloping communities. Student Lesli Holt, Operations Manager for Warren County Ohio's Office of Emergency Management, comments that “
Best Schools has ranked Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program #3 among the top 15 programs based on its quality and courses provided, as well as the school’s other awards, rankings, and reputation. OCU's Emergency and Disaster Management program trains students to lead during disasters. Graduates contribute during every stage of disaster management and
Best Schools has ranked Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program #3 among the top 15 programs based on its quality and courses provided, as well as the school’s other