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Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian University Logo
Motto Transform lives for faith, scholarship and service
Established 1950
Type Private
President Mike O'Neal
Staff 153
Undergraduates 1,950+
Postgraduates 275+
Location Edmond, OK, USA
Campus Urban, 200 acres (0.81 km2)
(800,000 m²)
Endowment
Address



Phone
US $56.7 million[1]
Oklahoma Christian University
P.O. Box 11000
Oklahoma City, OK
73136-1100
+1 800 877 5010
+1 405 425 5000
Mascot Eagle
Affiliations Church of Christ
Website www.oc.edu

Oklahoma Christian University (locally known as OC) is a four-year private comprehensive coeducational Christian university founded in 1950 by members of the churches of Christ. Enrollment for the 2008-2009 Academic Year numbered nearly 2,300 which included approximately 2,000 undergraduate and nearly 300 graduate students. OC is located on a 200-acre (0.81 km2) campus in Edmond, Oklahoma, a northern suburb of Oklahoma City.

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History

Oklahoma Christian University was originally named Central Christian College. It opened as a two-year college in 1950 with 97 students in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on the 152 acre (615,000 m²) former estate of L.V. Foster, a prominent oil businessman. L. R. Wilson was the college's first president, having founded Florida Christian College just four years before. Dr. Harold Fletcher, now an OC emeritus professor of music, was the first faculty member hired for the new college. James O. Baird became the school's second president in 1954 and soon after plans were made to move the campus to Oklahoma City. Groundbreaking occurred on 200 acres (0.81 km2) on the far north edge of the city in 1957 and the University was relocated in 1958. It was renamed Oklahoma Christian College in 1959 and began offering the bachelor's degree, with its first Senior Class graduating in 1962. Full accreditation was obtained from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1965. In the 1990s the school restructured its academic departments into separate colleges and the name of the institution was changed initially to Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts before being truncated to "Oklahoma Christian University."

Technology

In August 2001, OC became the first[citation needed] university in Oklahoma and one of the few nationwide at that time to provide campus-wide wireless Internet service and a personal laptop computer to every full time student. Oklahoma Christian University announced in February 2008 that it will begin providing Apple’s MacBook to students and faculty. Included with each MacBook will be the choice of an iPhone or an iPod touch.

Academics

Oklahoma Christian University offers degree programs through three colleges: the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Professional Studies. Degree programs include Accounting, Art, Bible, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Education, Electrical Engineering, English, Finance, Graphic Design, History, Interior Design, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Ministry, Music, Nursing, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, and Spanish, among others. The University offers three Graduate level degrees: M.B.A., Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry. Through its Office of International Studies, OC offers semester long study programs in Europe, Latin America and the Pacific Rim.

For 2008, Oklahoma Christian University was ranked No. 58 among master's-degree-granting universities in the 16-state Western region by U.S. News and World Report.[2] This marked the 12th consecutive year OC earned national recognition in the magazine's rankings and the sixth consecutive year the university was ranked in the top 10. Oklahoma Christian is one of only two members of the 107-school Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with accreditation of two of its engineering programs, and is the only non-research university in Oklahoma with accredited engineering programs. For the years 2002-2006, graduates from OC's School of Business Administration achieved the highest pass rate on the CPA examination of all Oklahoma universities.[citation needed] OC graduates have a 98 percent acceptance rate to medical school and graduate science programs.[citation needed] For nine straight years beginning in 1998, OC's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, was selected as the nation's best chapter in its division.[citation needed]

Athletics

Oklahoma Christian is a member of the NAIA Division I. The Eagles compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), fielding varsity teams in Men's & Women's Basketball, Men's & Women's Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Golf, Tennis, Cross-Country and Track & Field. All of OC’s athletic programs have advanced to the NAIA national tournament at least once in the last five years,[3] with student-athletes honored as NAIA All-Americans and NAIA Scholar-Athletes in a variety of sports on an annual basis.

OC policies

According to the University's Mission Statement, "Oklahoma Christian University is a higher learning community which transforms lives for Christian faith, leadership, and service." President Mike O'Neal (2002-present) has attempted to make the campus more progressive in its language, its diversity policies, and evangelistic outreach, while retaining the school's commitment to traditional Biblical principles as generally expressed throughout the Churches of Christ. These efforts can be seen in policy changes,[4] and the appointment of an ethics ombudsman. Full-time, tenure-tracked faculty are still required to be members of a Church of Christ. However, adjunct professors are hired and are not required to be members of a Church of Christ. There is no requirement that students be members of a Church of Christ, but all students are expected to abide by the "OC Covenant"[5] which emphasizes that the "values and behavior of this Christian community are derived from the Bible."

School Songs

Alma Mater

Hail to Oklahoma Christian

Hail to Oklahoma Christian
Hail thy purpose full and free
Life and truth for Alma Mater
May thy glories ever be
Lift your voices, anthems raise
Swell a chorus in her praise
Hail to Oklahoma Christian
Alma Mater, hail to thee

Fight song

Stand Up and Cheer

Stand up and cheer for Oklahoma Christian
The home of maroon and gray
Stand up and cheer for Oklahoma Christian
The Eagles are on their way
We've got the spirit; we've got the might
We've got the team; we're gonna FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Stand up and cheer for Oklahoma Chrisitan
The Eagles are here to stay!

Cascade College

OC had a branch campus in Oregon known as Cascade College, which closed in May 2009 [1]. The 12-acre (49,000 m2) campus was located in Portland, and like OC, the full-time faculty and a majority of the students were members of Churches of Christ. In 1992, the Oklahoma Christian University Board of Trustees agreed to take over operation of the former Columbia Christian College after it had fallen upon serious financial difficulties and had lost accreditation. The North Central Association agreed that the accreditation of Oklahoma Christian in Oklahoma City could extend to that campus if close ties and supervision were maintained. After a year in which no school operated, the new branch campus opened in 1994 under the name Cascade College. On October 27, 2008, the OC Board of Trustees announced that Cascade College would close. Dr. Bill Goad served as the last president of Cascade College.

University presidents

  • L. R. Wilson - 1950 to 1954
  • James O. Baird - 1954 to 1974
  • J. Terry Johnson - 1974 to 1996
  • Kevin Jacobs - 1996 to 2001
  • Alfred Branch - Interim President, 2001
  • Mike O'Neal - Current President, term began in 2002

Notable alumni

References

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