From the President
Summer 2017

Dear Friends:

As this is written, we are preparing for our summer board meeting and to wrap up our 152nd fiscal year of operations at Ottawa University. As I enter my 10th year as president of this special place, I look back in awe at what has been accomplished over the decade and forward with real optimism about what lies in front of us despite many challenges.

In particular, I am grateful that this past year we achieved the highest enrollment at our College in Ottawa since 1975, we were able to reverse a multi-year downtrend in new enrollments in our adult sites with a gain of 14% in new students and we announced the opening of our new residential branch campus in Surprise, Arizona. Taken together, these are momentous achievements for our University and come at a fortuitous moment in our institutional life.

These gains are made possible by new academic programs such as those in nursing, business, and in the international student arena where OU has once again managed to establish a highly successful Executive MBA program for students in the U.S. who come from international backgrounds. They are also made possible by a talented and enormously dedicated board of trustees, faculty, staff, and administrative team that day in and day out demonstrate their commitment to our mission and vision.

After some years of painful contraction (primarily in the adult markets), we are again repositioning OU for some significant new growth. In fact, we are budgeting revenues to grow by over 20% this coming year - the first such growth in many years - driven by new programs, the new campus in Arizona and enhanced fundraising. Very few educational institutions can even dream of such numbers in this day and age, and in that and many other ways we are blessed.

This growth is essential to us as we remain a tuition driven institution. However, through your generosity, our ratio of donated income to that of tuition is steadily improving. You - our friends, alumni, and donors - are key to all we do here. For your prayers, your referrals and your support in all of its forms, we are humbled and grateful.
We hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



Jobs Central

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in alumni, "career services", "Other News"

Ottawa University offers a variety of career and job placement resources to its students and alumni through the OU Career Services department. An expanded resource that alumni may not be aware of is the new JOBS CENTRAL® national job board offered through College Central Network (CCN).

Read more

You’ve Been “Friended”

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in education, "The College"

Kylie Covey remembers sitting in her Introduction to Teaching class and hearing about an opportunity to be a Youth Friend. Four years and two students later, she is still volunteering. She says, "Obviously, I’ve been hooked, and I wouldn’t change the experience for anything...

Read more

Ottawa University’s School of Education

Posted by Paula Paine on February 9, 2011 in education, PEP, "School of Education", "teacher education"

"The teacher education programs of Ottawa University have maintained a recognized standards-based and outcomes-motivated excellence throughout the University's history," says Amy Hogan, director of Kansas education programs. "The School of Education continues to be an innovator...

Read more

Alternative Ed Careers

Posted by Paula Paine on February 8, 2011 in Alumni, education, "School of Education"

Recent college graduates are feeling the pain of the recession just like the rest of the population. They, too, are finding the need to be flexible, think outside the box and look for unexpected opportunities to secure their future. Ottawa University® education graduates are creatively coping...

Read more

On Education and the Economy

Posted by Paula Paine on February 8, 2011 in Alumni, economics, education, "School of Education"

Whatever your opinion of the status of education in America, there can be no dispute that the hard hit on the economy has left virtually every state in the nation scrambling to balance its budget, with the majority putting education under the knife to trim both positions and programs. According...

Read more
Displaying results 556-560 (of 562)
 |<  <  104 - 105 - 106 - 107 - 108 - 109 - 110 - 111 - 112 - 113  >  >|