TRENDING NOW – Is college worth it?
Hardly a week goes by without some mention or discussion in the media about the cost of higher education in relationship to the value gained. Both parents and students continue to weigh the investment made, the options at hand and the long-term benefits. Your important decision to support your student at Ohio Northern University is one that is greatly appreciated and not taken for granted. In fact, one of main reasons the Northern Parent newsletter was initiated and the Parent Advisory Council was formed was to affirm the vital role parents play in this educational venture. The quality assessment you have made has resulted in shaping the future of your ONU student. The University (faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends) likewise has committed itself to an enriching experience, a degree program of market worth and a nurturing environment. It is a certainly a mutually rewarding collaboration.
A recent Associated Press article indicates that a person with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn about $1.2 million more (from ages 22-64) than someone with a high school diploma. Concerns about tuition costs, debt levels and the current state of the economy are ongoing, but the basic outcomes in terms of salaries and benefits for college graduates reflect documented higher earnings overall. Additionally, added to the financial strengths gained via a bachelor’s degree would be the overall growth, development and enhancements of the skillsets vital to career success. Learning to communicate and work within a community, developing relationships with peers, providing services to others, and affirming key values help to lead to a purpose-filled life after ONU. Surveys of ONU alumni continue to consistently provide the feedback that the Northern experience provided both the tangible and intangible attributes that suggest the investment was worth it. Additionally, the placement rates of our ONU graduates continue to surpass the 90 percent range during times that still remain challenging in terms of the growth and consistency of our economy. Strong results abound as the excellent and well-rounded preparation of our students equates to expert and productive employees for the workplace. In other words, employers continue to seek out our ONU graduates!
As we look ahead to another school year, we salute our ONU parents who have been so pivotal in the livelihood of the University. Your confidence in your student and all things Northern continues to be valued and appreciated.