I continue to be impressed by how well prepared our students are for their careers. Ninety-two percent of Arts & Sciences graduates are placed in a job or graduate school within six months of graduation, and eight departments experienced 100 percent placement in 2011.
Students who graduate with degrees in arts and humanities, social sciences and professional studies, and natural sciences all find that the skills and knowledge they gain at ONU translate into successful and satisfying careers. A distinctive feature of an Arts & Sciences education is our students’ ability to combine interests, often making unique and creative connections across disciplines. English majors pursue careers in public service, law, arts administration, and many other fields. A commitment to theatre and the arts led Michael Roediger, BA ’90, to his role as executive director of the Dayton Art Institute.
The combination of a strong foundation in the liberal arts, in-depth study in the major, and experiential learning provides our students with an excellent preparation for their personal and professional lives. ONU students have opportunities to apply and deepen knowledge through research, internships, community service, campus leadership, and clinical and field placements. At the spring 2012 Student Research Colloquium, more than 100 students shared the results of 76 projects. Many of these students also presented the results of their research at state and national conferences. ONU’s student-run public relations firm, True North PR, provides a unique environment within which to integrate theory and practice, as do student-led publications like the award-winning creative writing magazine Polaris.
We continually update our curricula to ensure that students gain the skills and knowledge they need for the 21st century. Following on the recommendations of a University-wide program review last year, the Getty College of Arts & Sciences will undertake some exciting new initiatives in 2012-13. Programs in journalism, public relations, communications, and broadcasting and electronic media will be brought together in a new department, and the journalism and broadcasting curricula will be revamped to prepare students for careers in diverse and rapidly changing media. Other initiatives include public health and an accelerated degree program that will enable students to complete a Bachelor of Arts in sociology at ONU and a master’s degree in social work at Case Western Reserve University in five years.
Strategic partnerships like those with Case Western or Bluffton University provide opportunities that significantly enhance our students’ education, while contributing to the larger community. The pilot consortium in education, recently developed with Bluffton University, is an outstanding example. The collaborative has been highlighted across the state of Ohio as a model for other private colleges. Likewise, STeM 2 STEM workshops, which encourage teachers to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics, help Ohio schools meet important educational goals.
Ohio Northern University’s commitment to academic excellence and student success shines through all of these endeavors.
Dr. Catherine Albrecht