“Faith isn’t limited to worship service…Learning doesn’t end with…a graduation ceremony.”
Created in 1950 as the Central Christian College in Oklahoma City(with the backing of the churches of Christ), what was to one day become Oklahoma Christian University began with just 97 students. Today it stands as both an undergraduate and graduate degree school, with over 2100(all but about 250 undergrads) students on 200 acres looking for an education steeped in both “academic and spiritual excellence”.
There are 60 undergraduate majors of study at Oklahoma Christian across 14 academic departments and three colleges. Bachelor seekers trend from the religious (at the College of Biblical Studies) to the business majors (with graduates achieving the highest pass ratings in Oklahoma on their ABET accreditation) to the professional (with a 100% medical and graduate school acceptance of OC Bachelor holders the past two years). Their graduate programs were named in the “Best University-Master’s” in US News & World Report and offer Master programs in Divinity, Ministry, Business Administration, and Science in Engineering (they are also one of only two Council for Christian Colleges/Universities members with ABET national accreditation for three engineering programs).
Though Oklahoma Christian has no online degree program at this time, that isn’t to say there are no distance learning programs out there for students looking for education without more flexible time demands than on campus classes. An online Christian Ministry Certificate is offered through their Graduate School of Theology for graduate students looking to enhance their education with a non-degree, but creditable programs (students can transfer credits from this to a Master degree program at the university). A Bachelor degree is required and some previous classed are required (though these are accessible online anyway through the college, classes like Intro to Old Testament and Intro to New Testament), but all 15 credit hours earned can be put towards graduate degrees that must be, as of now, pursued traditionally.
There are also many online and hybrid (web enhanced or some online classes mixed with on campus work)options for students, with many classes offered to provide “for the needs of generations of technology-savvy students” and give them that flexibility to learn on their own time (though this also depends on the students self-discipline). There are guidelines for technology and tips for online work on the university’s IT website, as well as the fact that the school is an Apple Digital campus, started by Oklahoma Christian’s changes in 2001.
Responding to the times, the school began providing Blackboard connected laptops to all students, then joined with Apple in 2008 to change from PC to Macbooks (as well as the option of an Iphone or Ipod…pretty nice). Their vision of “a personalized, technology-enriched OC experience with anytime, anywhere access to all university constituents” is one of the core tenants of their learning environment and one of the main reasons so many faculty take advantage of current advances to offer more learning than can be contained in the classroom. Technology is married to today’s OC life, as there was even recognition for their Gaming Design program (from both Princeton Review and Gamepro magazine).
With numerous missionary (500+ students/faculty travel yearly), study abroad options (from Europe in the fall to a long term Korean exchange), ministry (1100 students annually), and internship connections of its home town, Oklahoma Christian empowers students to serve with the help of the technology of today and a commitment to a recognized educational ideal with half a century of results.