The Student
Experience

The Student Experience

 

Putting Students First

Group Synopsis

Does the quality of education, rigor, co-curricular experience, career readiness, and job placement at Ottawa University warrant the cost of attendance? We are using surveys, focus groups, and student retention and exit survey data to answer the following questions:

Athletics – Non-Athletes vs. Athletes

  • Is our current recruiting structure sustainable?
  • How can we grow other programs to increase the non-athlete population? (i.e., Music, art & theatre).
  • Are realistic expectations given to students when they are recruited? How does that impact the student experience?

Support Staff  

  • Do internal departments affect the student experience? Positive or negative? Do our internal practices cause poor student experience? 
  • Do we have the structure to support provisionally accepted students who need additional support to retain, persist, and graduate?
  • How do we make OU the university where students want to be?

Career Services 

  • How would a student define “career services”? What do they need to support them in this area?  
  • How are our students being prepared for the workforce? What are our gaps?

Mission and Values 

  • Is our mission statement still relevant to the current culture and structure?
  • How well is our mission statement put to practice?

 

Get to know the members of the working group more by clicking on their photo and learn what it means to them to be part of the Strategic Planning process.

Donald Anderson

Donald Anderson

FACILITATOR, The Student Experience Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Dean of Student Life and Services, OUKS

John Holzhuter

John Holzhuter

FACILITATOR, The Student Experience Working Group (Strategic Planning)

University Chaplain

Managing Director, Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality

Sydney Aea

Sydney Aea

OUAZ Undergraduate Student

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Alan Boelter

Alan Boelter

Director of Campus Ministries, OUAZ

Jamie Fields

Jamie Fields

Director of Student Services and Academic Advising, OU Online

Jaime Fuentes, MEdT

Jaime Fuentes, MEdT

Lead Professor, Information Sciences and Technology Institute at Ottawa University

Aaron Siebenthall, MA

Aaron Siebenthall, MA

Head Men's Basketball Coach, OUKS

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Director of Athletic Academic Development

Assistant Athletic Director for Community Relations

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Dennis Tyner, PhD

Dennis Tyner, PhD

President, OUAZ

Professor of Science

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee