OC Highly Ranked in “America’s Best Graduate Schools”
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Posted by: Katy Roybal
Oklahoma Christian University (OC) continues to move up in U.S. News Media Group's 2010 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools and has been named a “Best University—Master's” in the West region in U.S.News and World Report's 2010 edition of “America's Best Colleges.” This is the 11th consecutive year that U.S.News has ranked Oklahoma Christian in its America's Best Colleges Guidebook.
A perennial top ten performer in the bachelor's degree category, Oklahoma Christian was elevated to a higher category in 2007, known as the master's group, due to a growing number of graduate programs and students. OC moved up five spots from its initial 2007 ranking in this higher category last year and climbed nine spots in the current ranking to number 44 in the West, which includes many much larger universities in Texas and California.
“Oklahoma Christian fared very well in the U.S.News & World Report ranking,” said Dr. Mike E. O'Neal, president. “Our undergraduate and graduate programs are certainly among the most outstanding in this area. The real proof is how well our students and graduates perform in intercollegiate competition and the market place.”
For example, OC's Language and Literature Department's student literary journal, Soundings, was named number two in the nation last spring, following a number one showing the prior year. The university's chapter of the national history honor society has been named a top chapter in the nation among universities under 3,000 students for the past 13 years. Students in the Art & Design and Communications departments won national honors in various competitions last year. Graduates from OC's School of Business Administration have achieved the highest pass rate on the CPA examination of all of Oklahoma's universities for 11 of the past 13 years.
Nearly all of OC's science students who have conducted undergraduate research and applied to graduate, medical or other professional programs have been accepted. All of OC's history, political science, and language and literature students who applied to graduate school were accepted as well, with many going on to highly ranked graduate schools in the U.S. and abroad.
“We recently announced that the university exceeded its $60 million Higher Learning ~ Higher Calling Campaign 19 months early and $4.3 million over the goal. That successful campaign has transformed the university,” O'Neal said.
Students are benefiting from additional scholarships, enriched academic and extracurricular programs and new facilities. University friends have funded 50 new or substantially increased endowed scholarships, four endowed faculty chairs, three endowed centers, and numerous other academic and administrative endowment funds. Major capital projects funded by the campaign include the Lawson Commons, new and remodeled science facilities, new intramural fields and a new intercollegiate baseball field.
Oklahoma Christian is one of only two members of the 112 schools in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with full accreditation for three engineering programs from ABET—the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.
“Our undergraduate and master's programs continue to grow in scope and stature, so we expect our rankings to continue to improve because of the overall quality of these rigorous programs,” O'Neal said. “We have certainly been blessed with outstanding faculty and students who are committed to our mission of transforming lives for Christian faith, scholarship and service.”