1 UNIVERSITY CATALOG University of Northwestern Ohio (419) N. Cable Rd. Lima, OH 45805
3 1441 North Cable Road, Lima, OH (419) Web Page Address: CATALOG Volume 44 August 10, 2015 Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission 30 North LaSalle Street Suite 2400 Chicago, IL (312) This catalog is for information only and, as such, does not constitute a contract.
4 TABLE OF CONTENTS ACADEMIC CALENDARS 8 Colleges of Business, Health Professions, Occupational Professions, & Applied Technologies OVERVIEW 14 Campus Map 16 A Note from the President 17 Welcome 18 History Mission Statement Vision Statement 19 Values Statement Goals Statements to Achieve the Vision 21 Assessment Objectives - Student Learning Outcomes Major/Department Goals and Objectives General Education Philosophy 22 Commitment to Diversity 23 Non-Discrimination Policy Legal Status Accreditations Authorization Approvals Memberships ADMISSIONS 26 Procedures: Application Process High School Transcripts Students with a GED 27 Home Schooling International Students 28 Evidence of Graduation Orientation Degree-Seeking Students / Undeclared Majors Non-Degree-Seeking Students Transient Students 29 Transfer Students 30 Residency Requirement Testing Credit by Examination 31 Advanced Placement High School Articulation Agreements Tech-Prep Programs Early Admissions Program College Credit Plus 32 MBA Admissions Requirements 33 Army ROTC 35 Military Via Virtual College 2
5 TABLE OF CONTENTS TUITION 38 Tuition Payment Procedures General Fee Tuition Reimbursement Refund Policy 39 Complete Withdrawal Policy 40 Course Drop Policy Medical Withdrawal Policy FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS 42 General Information 43 Grants Loans 45 Employment (College Work-Study) Award Notices Veterans Educational Benefits 46 Maintaining Financial Aid 48 Scholarships Colleges of Business, Health Professions, & Occupational Professions Scholarships 49 College of Applied Technologies Scholarships 55 Colleges of Applied Technologies, Business, Health Professions, & Occupational Professions Scholarships 56 UNOH Athletic Scholarships External Scholarships STUDENT AFFAIRS 58 New Student Services Department Career Services Housing 59 Safety Services Student Conduct Visitors Counseling Services 60 Academic Advising Academic Skills Lab 62 Testing Center Prometric ASE Test Center 63 Student Athletics 64 Student Activities Gymnasium UNOH Indoor Athletic Complex Club UNOH Limaland Motorsports Park 65 Student Organizations American Marketing Association (AMA) Autocross Club Business Professionals of America (BPA) Computer Gaming Initiative (CGI) 3
6 TABLE OF CONTENTS 66 Crossroads Bible Group Cycling Club Diesel Club Digital Imaging Graphics in Technology (D.i.G.i.T.) Drag Club Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) 67 Hot Rod Club Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society MERA/UNOH Ambassador Program Motorsports Team 68 National FFA Organization National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Intern Program Off-Road Club Politics Club 69 President s Student Advisory Council RC Racers Club Race Club ARCA (American Race Car Association) Grand Am Over-the-Wall Club SEMA Intern Program Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) 70 Technical Support Team (Limaland Motorsports Park) UNOH Collegiate Optimist Club UNOH Medical Assisting Student Group The Dr. Cheryl A. Mueller Library The Bookstore - Barnes & Noble at the University of Northwestern Ohio 71 UNOH Meal Plans The Student Commons Food Court The Racers Cafe The Pit Stop Lock Sixteen Steakhouse 72 Alumni Association Northwestern Travel Service 4 ACADEMIC AFFAIRS 74 Grades Incomplete Grade Record Changes Quality Points Grade Appeal 76 MBA Grades FERPA Annual Notification 77 Academic Integrity Policy 78 Request for Graduation Degree Verification 79 Graduation Degree Printing Official University Transcripts 80 Second Change Program Forgiveness Policy President s List Dean s List Grade Reports Awards: Academic Achievement
7 81 Proficiency Exams Early/Late Exams Credit for Experiential Learning Definition of a Credit Hour 82 Advanced Standing Class Absences Withdrawal or Hiatus 83 Reinstatement Drop/Add Program Requirement (Catalog Year) Updates Academic Standings 84 Good Standing Academic Warning Academic Probation Academic Suspension Academic Dismissal 85 Class Level Definition Academic Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Evening Program One-Night-a-Week Degrees for Adults 86 Virtual College Professional Practice Option Articulation Agreements with Other Colleges and Universities International Experiences Class Meeting Times 87 College of Applied Technologies Scheduling Information Class Load Dual Majors 88 Inclement Weather Academic Adjustments Grievance Procedure 89 Student Assitance and Grievance Procedure Title IX VIRTUAL COLLEGE 91 Requirements GRADUATE COLLEGE 92 Master of Business Administration COLLEGE OF BUSINESS 93 Evening 94 Baccalaureate Degree Programs 100 Associate of Applied Business Degree Programs COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS 104 Baccalaureate Degree Program 105 Associate of Applied Business Degree Programs 108 Diploma Programs TABLE OF CONTENTS 5
8 TABLE OF CONTENTS COLLEGE OF OCCUPATIONAL PROFESSIONS 111 Baccalaureate Degree Program 114 Associate of Applied Business Degree Programs COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES 127 Baccalaureate Degree Program 128 Associate of Applied Science Degree Programs 136 Diploma Programs COURSES OF INSTRUCTION 147 Courses of Instruction ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY AND STAFF 191 Board of Trustees President s Cabinet Administration and Staff 194 Admissions 195 Athletic Complex Athletic Department 197 Faculty ADVISORY BOARDS 210 College of Business Advisory Boards College of Health Professions Advisory Boards 211 College of Occupational Professions Advisory Boards 212 Graduate College Advisory Board 213 Guidance Counselor Advisory Board College of Applied Technologies Industry Advisory Boards THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN OHIO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE ANY CHANGES IN MATERIAL WITHIN THIS PUBLICATION WITHOUT NOTIFICATION AS DEEMED NECESSARY. 6
10 A C A D E M I C C A L E N D A R S UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN OHIO TENTATIVE CALENDAR August 3 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp 5 & 6 B: Fall Quarter Orientation at 9 a.m. 6 T: Session Ends/Final Exams T: Fall Vacation 12 B: Registration Period for Fall Quarter Ends 17 T: October Session Orientation at 9 a.m. 24 T: Session Begins 26 B: Last day of Summer Quarter Classes B: Summer Quarter Final Exams 28 - Sept. 3 B: Late Registration Period for Fall Quarter September 7 Labor Day - No School - Offices Closed 14 B: Fall Quarter Begins B: Late Change Period for Fall Quarter 25 B: Registration Period for Winter Quarter Begins at 5 p.m.* October 1 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 5 T: Session Begins 12 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp 12 Columbus Day - No School - Offices Closed 25 B: Registration Period for Winter Quarter Ends 30 B: Fall Open House and Scholarship Testing November 6-7 T: Fall Open House and Scholarship Testing 12 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 13 Veterans Day - No School - Offices Closed 16 T: Session Begins 20 B: Last Day of Fall Quarter Classes B: Fall Quarter Final Exams 25 Students Excused/Faculty In-Service Thanksgiving Holiday - No School - Offices Closed December 9-15 B: Late Registration Period for Winter Quarter 23 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 24, 25, 31 Holiday Closings - No School 8 B: College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, & Graduate College T: College of Applied Technologies *New students scheduled by Registrar s Office at any time after Registration Period opens until the day before a quarter starts.
11 2016 January 1 Holiday Closing - No School - Offices Closed 4 T: Session Begins 4 B: Winter Quarter Classes Begin 4-8 B: Late Change Period for Winter Quarter 15 B: Registration Period for Spring Quarter Begins at 5 p.m.* 18 Martin Luther King Day - No School - Offices Closed February 1 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp 11 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 14 B: Registration Period for Spring Quarter Ends 15 President s Day - No School - Offices Closed 16 T: Session Begins March 11 B: Last Day of Winter Quarter Classes B: Winter Quarter Final Exams B: Late Registration Period for Spring Quarter 22 T: Session Ends/Final Exams T: Spring Vacation 25 Good Friday - No School - Offices Closed 30 T: Session Begins April 4 B: Spring Quarter Classes Begin 4-8 B: Late Change Period for Spring Quarter 8 B: Spring Open House and Scholarship Testing 11 Students Excused / Faculty In-Service 15 B: Registration Period for Summer Quarter Begins at 5 p.m.* T: Spring Open House and Scholarship Testing May 2 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp 5 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 9 T: Session Begins T: June Session Orientation at 9 a.m. 15 B: Registration Period for Summer Quarter Ends 30 Memorial Day - No School - Offices Closed June 10 B: Last day of Spring Quarter Classes 12 Graduation B: Spring Quarter Final Exams 16 T: Session Ends/Final Exams B: Late Registration Period for Summer Quarter T: Summer Vacation 27 T: Session Begins A C A D E M I C C A L E N D A R S B: College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, & Graduate College T: College of Applied Technologies *New students scheduled by Registrar s Office at any time after Registration Period opens until the day before a quarter starts. 9
12 A C A D E M I C C A L E N D A R S July 4 Independence Day Holiday - No School - Offices Closed 5 B: Summer Quarter Classes Begin 5-11 B: Late Change Period for Summer Quarter 12, 13, 14 T: August Session Orientation at 9 a.m. 15 B: Registration Period for Fall Quarter Begins at 5 p.m.* August 1 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp 4 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 8-19 T: Fall Vacation 10 & 11 B: Fall Quarter Orientation at 9 a.m. 14 B: Registration Period for Fall Quarter Ends 16 T: October Session Orientation at 9 a.m. 22 T: Session Begins 24 B: Last day of Summer Quarter Classes B: Summer Quarter Final Exams 25 - Sept. 1 B: Late Registration Period for Fall Quarter September 5 Labor Day - No School - Offices Closed 12 B: Fall Quarter Begins B: Late Change Period for Fall Quarter 23 B: Registration Period for Winter Quarter Begins at 5 p.m.* 29 T: Session Ends/Final Exams October 3 T: Session Begins 10 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp 10 Columbus Day - No School - Offices Closed 21 B: Fall Open House and Scholarship Testing 23 B: Registration Period for Winter Quarter Ends T: Fall Open House and Scholarship Testing November 10 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 11 Veterans Day - No School - Offices Closed 14 T: Session Begins 18 B: Last Day of Fall Quarter Classes B: Fall Quarter Final Exams 23 Faculty In-Service Thanksgiving Holiday - No School - Offices Closed December 8-14 B: Late Registration Period for Winter Quarter 22 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 26 Holiday Closings - No School 10 B: College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, & Graduate College T: College of Applied Technologies *New students scheduled by Registrar s Office at any time after Registration Period opens until the day before a quarter starts.
13 2017 January 2 Holiday Closing - No School - Offices Closed 3 T: Session Begins 3 B: Winter Quarter Classes Begin 3-4 B: Late Change Period for Winter Quarter 14 B: Registration Period for Spring Quarter Begins at 5 p.m.* 16 Martin Luther King Day - No School - Offices Closed 31 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp February 9 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 12 B: Registration Period for Spring Quarter Ends 13 T: Session Begins 20 President s Day - No School - Offices Closed March 10 B: Last Day of Winter Quarter Classes B: Winter Quarter Final Exams B: Late Registration Period for Spring Quarter 21 T: Session Ends/Final Exams T: Spring Vacation 29 T: Session Begins April 3 B: Spring Quarter Classes Begin 3-4 B: Late Change Period for Spring Quarter 7 B: Spring Open House and Scholarship Testing 14 Good Friday - No School - Offices Closed 15 B: Registration Period for Summer Quarter Begins at 5 p.m.* 17 Students Excused / Faculty In-Service 21 & 22 T: Spring Open House and Scholarship Testing May 1 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp 4 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 8 T: Session Begins 10 & 11 T: June Session Orientation at 9 a.m. 14 B: Registration Period for Summer Quarter Ends 29 Memorial Day - No School - Offices Closed June 9 B: Last day of Spring Quarter Classes 11 Graduation B: Spring Quarter Final Exams 15 T: Session Ends/Final Exams B: Late Registration Period for Summer Quarter T: Summer Vacation 26 T: Session Begins A C A D E M I C C A L E N D A R S B: College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, & Graduate College T: College of Applied Technologies *New students scheduled by Registrar s Office at any time after Registration Period opens until the day before a quarter starts. 11
14 A C A D E M I C C A L E N D A R S July 3 & 4 Independence Day Holiday - No School - Offices Closed 5 B: Summer Quarter Classes Begin 5-6 B: Late Change Period for Summer Quarter 11, 12, & 13 T: August Session Orientation at 9 a.m. 15 B: Registration Period for Fall Quarter Begins at 5 p.m.* August 2 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp 3 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 7-18 T: Fall Vacation 9 B: Registration Period for Fall Quarter Ends 9 & 10 B: Fall Quarter Orientation at 9 a.m. 21 T: Session Begins 21 T: October Session Orientation at 9 a.m. 23 B: Last day of Summer Quarter Classes 24 & 25 B: Summer Quarter Final Exams B: Late Registration Period for Fall Quarter September 4 Labor Day - No School - Offices Closed 11 B: Fall Quarter Begins B: Late Change Period for Fall Quarter 23 B: Registration Period for Winter Quarter Begins at 5 p.m.* 28 T: Session Ends/Final Exams October 2 T: Session Begins 9 B: Last day to drop classes w/wp 9 Columbus Day - No School - Offices Closed 20 B: Fall Open House and Scholarship Testing 22 B: Registration Period for Winter Quarter Ends November 3 & 4 T: Fall Open House and Scholarship Testing 9 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 10 Veterans Day - No School - Offices Closed 13 T: Session Begins 17 B: Last Day of Fall Quarter Classes B: Fall Quarter Final Exams 22 Students Excused/Faculty In-Service 23 & 24 Thanksgiving Holiday - No School - Offices Closed December B: Late Registration Period for Winter Quarter 21 T: Session Ends/Final Exams 25 & 26 Holiday Closings - No School 2018 January 1 & 2 Holiday Closing - No School - Offices Closed 3 T: Session Begins 3 B: Winter Quarter Classes Begin 12 B: College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, & Graduate College T: College of Applied Technologies *New students scheduled by Registrar s Office at any time after Registration Period opens until the day before a quarter starts.
18 O V E R V I E W A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT As president of the University, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the University of Northwestern Ohio. Through the years we have prepared people to take responsible positions within business and industry. I take great pride in being a part of an institution that has a goal of educating people to become productively employed in their chosen career path. Our accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, coupled with the accreditation of our College of Applied Technologies by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, ensures that you have made a good choice in investigating the University of Northwestern Ohio. I hope you decide to join our student body. The choice of a university at which to study is a major decision. Your future as a productive professional and a responsible citizen can be greatly enhanced by that decision. Thank you for considering the University of Northwestern Ohio, and I look forward to greeting you personally when you come to our campus. Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis President 16
19 O V E R V I E W WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN OHIO The University is very proud of its facilities and welcomes visitors. The Admissions office welcomes tours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Admissions office is also open for tours on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the first Saturday after Labor Day to the last Saturday before Memorial Day. Tours can be scheduled on the hour by calling If you suspect inclement weather, please call to verify that the University is open. If the University is delayed or closed, no tours will be given. The University of Northwestern Ohio is located at 1441 North Cable Road, Lima, Ohio
20 O V E R V I E W HISTORY Founded in 1920, the University of Northwestern Ohio is a private, not-for-profit institution. The University of Northwestern Ohio is a co-educational institution authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant a Master s of Business Administration Degree (M.B.A) in the Graduate College; baccalaureate degrees (Bachelor of Science) in the Colleges of Business, Health Professions, Occupational Professions, and Applied Technologies; associate degrees in applied business (A.A.B.) in the Colleges of Business, Health Professions, and Occupational Professions; and associate degrees in applied science (A.A.S.) in the College of Applied Technologies. Diplomas are also granted in the Colleges of Health Professions, Occupational Professions, and Applied Technologies. The University of Northwestern Ohio s enrollment averages 4,500 with approximately 1,400 students living in oncampus residence halls. A student commons, gymnasium, restaurants, student lounges, and picnic areas are available for student enjoyment. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The following business programs at the University of Northwestern Ohio are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP): Business Administration with concentrations in Agribusiness Management, Automotive Management/Automotive Aftermarket, and Marketing (BS); Master of Business Administration (MBA); and Business Administration (AAB). The Medical Assistant Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, , In addition, the College of Applied Technologies is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The HVAC/R program is accredited by Partnership for Air Conditioning Heating Refrigeration Accreditation - Air-Conditioning Refrigeration Institute (PAHRA ARI). The Ohio Board of Regents provides authorization for the degrees, which are granted by UNOH s Board of Trustees. The University of Northwestern Ohio is also authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility. The University is also authorized by The Indiana Commission for Higher Education/The Indiana Board of Proprietary Education, 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN Ext. 138 or 141 MISSION STATEMENT The University of Northwestern Ohio is an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit institution of higher learning, preparing students for careers and productive citizenship that encompass the business, professional, corporate, and technological communities by providing quality education and training in response to the needs and aspirations of our constituents. VISION STATEMENT The University will evolve according to its entrepreneurial spirit. 2. The University will pursue quality and excellence by enhancing accreditations and certifications which bring the University national recognition and prestige. 3. The University will assess and measure students academic performance and its institutional effectiveness, connecting the results to continuous improvement and the dedication of its resources. 4. The University will offer a diversified curriculum of programs valued by employers that are delivered in formats that meet the needs of students. 5. The University will grow in a manner that encourages and supports a diverse campus population. 6. The University will continually attract, retain, and encourage the development of a talented and qualified University family of employees. 7. The University will enhance its financial security and expand the strength of its resources. 8. The University will aggressively pursue student body growth. 9. The University campus will become the center of community life with improved aesthetics, facilities, and services. 10. The University will share its resources with community and global partners.
21 O V E R V I E W 11. The University will exceed expectations in the service of students. 12. The University will continue to offer sports programs. VALUES STATEMENT The Five Guiding Principles of the University of Northwestern Ohio are: 1. Integrity The University of Northwestern Ohio operates with fairness, objectivity, and honesty in its services to all people. The University leads by example and remains steadfast when challenged. 2. Quality The University of Northwestern Ohio commits itself to high standards in all areas including educational activities, experiences, and learning outcomes. The University regularly evaluates and improves the quality of its services. 3. Learning The University of Northwestern Ohio continuously solicits feedback from stakeholders, using the results toward the ongoing pursuit of excellence. 4. Entrepreneurism The University of Northwestern Ohio operates with imagination, initiative, and a readiness to undertake new projects and risks. A strong sense of urgency drives its demanding expectations for sustainable growth. The University is alert to the changing needs of its stakeholders and is committed to making agile responses that create value for its clients. The University is a non-profit institution with an entrepreneurial spirit. 5. Diversity The University of Northwestern Ohio understands the vital role that diversity plays in the pursuit of the University s mission and in preparing students to succeed in a global society. The University encourages people to make a difference by creating an environment free from barriers, where everyone is encouraged to achieve his/her full potential. The University takes pride in the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff, and it values their contributions. GOALS STATEMENTS TO ACHIEVE THE VISION 1. The University will evolve according to its entrepreneurial spirit. It will research and acquire property and resources in order to expand the size of the campus and structures in correlation with the growing student enrollment. The University will seek and attain partnerships and enter into commercial ventures. 2. The University will pursue quality and excellence by enhancing accreditations and certifications which bring the University national recognition and prestige. To serve community and regional organizations as volunteers and, where appropriate, encourage individual employees to serve in similar capacities. To create and implement a well-conceived strategy to alter the perceptions of the local community to more accurately reflect the breadth and quality of the programs the University offers and the roles in which the University participates. To review existing programming and pursue, where the opportunity is available, new professional certifications for degrees and diplomas. To achieve continued OBR authorization. To continue receiving 10-year HLC/NCA accreditations. To maintain continued accreditation with ACBSP. To maintain continued accreditation with AAMA. To pursue ABA accreditation for Paralegal programs. 3. The University will assess and measure students academic performance and its institutional effectiveness, connecting the results to continuous improvement and the dedication of its resources. To expand the commitment toward the continuous improvement of all existing processes and services by establishing benchmarks for key functions in all departments and measuring performance against those criteria. To maintain an assessment team, complete with an assessment coordinator and assistants. To sustain strict self-assessment practices in all academic and non-academic areas. 19
22 O V E R V I E W 4. The University will offer a diversified curriculum of programs valued by employers that are delivered in formats that meet the needs of students. To continue a process for new program development that includes an analysis of key criteria and the input of a diversified team of faculty and senior staff. To develop and offer new accredited degree programs. To diversify the fields of study offered by the University. To respond to the needs of students by offering co-curricular programming. To expand delivery of credit and non-credit industry and business training and development programs. To evaluate programs regularly to assure they are of value to students and employers and that they are desired career paths for students. To continue delivering degree programming at remote locations through Distance Learning. 5. The University will grow in a manner that encourages and supports a diverse campus population. To develop and implement strategies that will allow the University to be more appealing to minority, foreign, and non-traditional students. To perpetuate a culture that is accepting of students, faculty, and staff with diverse experiences and backgrounds. To hire a more diverse staff and faculty. To develop course offerings and counseling activities to ease the students transition to college and campus life and be prepared to handle diversity issues appropriately. To have a coordinator whose responsibilities will include counseling, designing and implementing events and programs, collection and analysis of demographic information, and recruiting students of diverse backgrounds to the University. To meet and exceed disability standards by evaluating and modifying the University s technologies, services, accommodations, and other facilities to better serve learning and physically disabled students. 6. The University will continually attract, retain, and encourage the development of a talented and qualified University family of employees. To prepare resources and processes that facilitate the orientation and welcome of new employees. To expand its system to recognize the achievements of employees. To invest in the personal and professional growth of employees. To enhance the University s reputation as well as the rewards offered to employees in order to entice high-quality candidates. To ensure the activities and responsibilities of all employees are aligned with the goals of the University. To incorporate team-building activities into the development of all employees. 7. The University will enhance its financial security and expand the strength of its resources. To form new relationships with business and community organizations that create value for its constituencies and strengthen the financial resources of the University. To build a successful Development Department. To generate a change in net assets equal to 5% to 8% of revenues. To maintain a business resumption plan to guide the continuance and/or re-creation of essential business processes in the event of a catastrophic occurrence. 8. The University will aggressively pursue student body growth. To create a consistent and sustainable approach to student retention that is successful in reducing student attrition to less than 25% in all programs. To increase the credit hours delivered to traditional students by 5% per year. To increase the credit hours delivered to non-traditional students by 15% per year. To retain 10% of graduating students by attracting them to advanced degrees. To increase the number of student residents by 5% per year. 9. The University campus will become the center of community life with improved aesthetics, facilities, and services. To use a committee of senior staff to study and implement a long-term strategy to renovate, expand, and improve the facilities and quality of the University campus. To employ a consultant to work in conjunction with the committee to create the long-term strategic plan. 20
23 O V E R V I E W To prepare regular reports of committee and consultant activities and present them to the Presidential Cabinet and Board of Trustees. 10. The University will share its resources with community and global partners. To share resources with community organizations in instances where common value can be created. To expand the quality and quantity of events offered on campus that are open to the general public. To partner with area businesses and organizations to offer benefits, facilities, and services on campus that students, employees, and the public are invited to attend and utilize. 11. The University will offer intercollegiate sports opportunities to its student body through the NAIA. ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES - STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Faculty at the University of Northwestern Ohio have identified six Student Learning Outcomes for students to develop during their coursework. Graduates should possess the following abilities: Oral, Written, and Visual Communication Mathematical Data Analysis Arts and Humanities Social and Behavioral Sciences Natural and Physical Sciences Competency in Major Each course syllabus will list the Student Learning Outcomes. Measurement and assessment of some of the Student Learning Outcomes will occur in the Capstone course that students will complete before graduating. The University completed a four-year study with The Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy to redefine these goals and general education. MAJOR/DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Academic Student Learning Outcomes Each department, both academic and non-academic, has identified Major/Department Goals. The academic goals and objectives are developed during the required courses for that major and are measured in embedded course projects and in activities that are administered during the Capstone course which all students complete before graduation. Results from the measurement tools are tabulated and disseminated to department members in order to make adjustments to the coursework, lesson plans, textbooks, assignments, etc. to increase the students level of understanding for the major goals and objectives. These changes are documented and maintained by all departments. Institutional Effectiveness Goals Non-academic departments have also identified departmental goals and objectives. These goals and objectives outline how the department will fulfill its mission statement. Measurement tools have been identified for non-academic departments, and the results from the measurement tools are shared among department members and across departments. These results help the non-academic departments consistently improve the services they provide to all potential and current students as well as alumni and members of the communities the University serves. GENERAL EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY Mission Statement: To provide a positive and diverse learning experience which develops students knowledge, skills, and attitudes, enabling success in their fields and personal growth through lifelong learning. 21
The University of Northwestern Ohio is an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, university founded in 1920. There are five colleges within the university: College of Business, College of Health Professions,
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