As a Catholic liberal arts University in the Dominican tradition, Ohio Dominican University is guided in its educational mission by the Dominican motto: to contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation. Ohio Dominican educates all individuals committed to intellectual, spiritual, and professional growth to become lifelong learners committed to serving others in a global society, as ethical and effective leaders grounded in the pursuit of truth, justice, and peace.
Approved February 24, 2012 Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees
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The Office of the Vice President for Mission and Identity is charged with coordinating and facilitating the university-wide process of sustaining, enhancing, and promoting the distinctive mission of Ohio Dominican University as a Catholic and Dominican university. It oversees the work of The Center for Dominican Studies and serves as a resource for existing divisions, departments and programs, and helps to develop new initiatives expressive of the mission of the University.At Ohio Dominican University our search for truth is grounded in the dialogue of faith and reason within the context of the human community. Through this human and personal dynamic, we encourage and empower one another in our search for and witness to the truth. Our sense of community is thus defined by a strong commitment to study, dialogue, collegiality, and cooperativeness in achieving shared goals. This approach is highlighted by a commitment to the common good of and respect for all our members.In light of Ohio Dominican‘s mission and its belief that the search for truth calls us to be transformed so that we may transform society through outreach and service, the university serves as a place of intellectual exploration and dialogue where students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni can gather for study, discussion, reflection, and service. The Office of the Vice President for Mission and Identity strives to enable the Ohio Dominican community to share the richness and diversity of its Catholic and Dominican identity and to engage in a common mission inspired by that heritage.The Center for Dominican Studies
The mission of the Center for Dominican Studies is to promote the Dominican charism of preaching; to provide opportunities for members of the University and the community to understand and experience the meaning and value of Dominican education; and, to serve as a public voice at the University and in the community regarding issues of importance to church, culture and society.The Center for Dominican Studies at Ohio Dominican University focuses on the Dominican motto: "to contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation" and the four pillars of Dominican life: study, prayer, community and ministry.Guiding Principles
Programs and Services Sponsored by the Center for Dominican Studies
To fulfill its mission, the Center for Dominican Studies sponsors and hosts a variety of programs and services for the student, faculty, staff and alumni/ae of Ohio Dominican University and for the members of the community at large. The Center also serves as a resource for all those interested in learning more about Dominican education, the Dominican charism, the history of Ohio Dominican University and its mission and values. The Center also fosters and promotes collaboration with and between various areas of the University; the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs; the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio; other Dominican colleges, universities, centers and agencies throughout the country and the world; members of the Dominican family; and, all groups and individuals who are dedicated to the promotion of the Dominican charism.Programs and Services include:
In 1911, the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs received a charter from the state of Ohio to establish a women's college. A successful teaching congregation for almost 100 years, these Dominicans wanted to build on the excellence of their Academy and provide college classes in an area where there was no Catholic higher education available to their graduates and to the candidates for the Order. After a decade of experimenting, the Sisters opened St. Mary of the Springs College in September 1924 as a Catholic four-year liberal arts college for women. Their motivation was the conviction that truth is one, that truths in the various academic disciplines cannot be contradictory, and that truth leads to the God who said, "I am the Truth."The new college continued the Sisters' tradition of welcoming students of various faiths, ethnic descent, and socio-economic backgrounds. Enhancing the liberal arts tradition, its teacher certification program was approved by the state of Ohio so that by 1929 the College could grant the Bachelor of Science in Education degree as well as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees. That year St. Mary of the Springs College opened both a new academic building and a new residence hall to join its new dining hall. The next year a local paper reported that this new venture in education had only one "hard and fast and definitely tangible regulations...‘don't do anything that's going to require that a rule be made against it.'" In 1934, by its tenth birthday, North Central accreditation attested to the College's success.Over the years, in order better to meet the needs of students, St. Mary of the Springs College dropped some programs and added others, all the while maintaining its Catholic liberal arts tradition as it included career-oriented preparation. In 1964, the College became coeducational and in 1968 changed its name to Ohio Dominican College. Enrollment greatly increased; new majors and degrees were added. All the while, the College remained true to its Dominican tradition, a tradition developed with the founding of the Dominican Order at the time of the great medieval universities. In July, 2002 the College became Ohio Dominican University and added graduate degrees to its program offerings. Faithful to its primary mission to provide undergraduate and continuing education for the intellectual development, the growth in truth, of each student, Ohio Dominican continues to retain the requirements of philosophy and theology as well as a mission specific core curriculum. These requirements give a solid grounding to all the various academic majors and the other rich educational experiences the University offers in fulfillment of the motto of the Dominican Order: "To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation."
Ohio Dominican University was chartered in 1911 as the College of Saint Mary of the Springs. The name was changed to Ohio Dominican College in 1968. The College became Ohio Dominican University in 2002. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (address: 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504); (telephone: 1-800-621-7440); (www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org) and is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. The education programs are approved for the preparation of teachers, by the Ohio Board of Regents and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Ohio Dominican University‘s baccalaureate Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education‘s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. The undergraduate and graduate business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Ohio Dominican‘s Dual Enrollment Program, Project Jump/Start, is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). The Physician Assistant Studies Program has provisional accreditation by The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).Back to Top
The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is a resource designed to ease a new student‘s transition into and through the University. ACC professional serves as the primary academic advisors for all first-time freshmen and new transfer students until the end of their first year with Ohio Dominican University. At that time, students will be transitioned to a faculty advisor within the student‘s declared major. AAC advisors will continue to provide the primary advising services for Undeclared and Cross Disciplinary Studies majors until such time as they declare a major or graduate. The Center is open to all students seeking assistance in the following areas:
Academic advising is an essential component of the educational process. As such, students are responsible for utilizing such resources and making informed decisions based on their experience, goals, and the advice of University professionals.
The Office of Academic Affairs is the center of the academic activity of the University. Under the leadership of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the office oversees and facilitates all academic programs of the University.Matters pertaining to the curriculum, faculty, and student progress are managed in the Academic Affairs Office. This office also has responsibility for the Registrar‘s Office, the Library, the Academic Resource Center, the Academic Advising Center, P-16 Partnerships, and the Center for Instructional Technology and eLearning. While managing the academic programs of the University, the Office of Academic Affairs works closely with the Office of Student Development to provide a holistic education for the students. It is important that students develop not only intellectually, but also emotionally and spiritually. Working together, these offices provide a well-rounded set of courses and activities designed to educate the whole person.
The Academic Resource Center (ARC), located in Spangler Learning Center, is a support unit designed to help all students meet their academic commitments and improve their learning skills. Services include the following:
The Academic Resource Center provides assistance to incoming graduate students by facilitating the transition to graduate studies. For students preparing to enter graduate school, the ARC provides test preparation materials for the NTE, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and LSAT. The ARC provides additional resource materials for honors students, graduate students, and faculty and conducts workshops to familiarize students with the requirements of graduate level writing and research.
Graduates of Ohio Dominican University are automatically members of the ODU Alumni Association. The purpose of this organization is to keep alumni connected with their alma mater and their classmates. Whether through personal contact, e-mail, or on our website, the Alumni Office keeps others up-to-date on the latest campus news and events. The Alumni Office is a resource for information, ideas, and feedback. Visit www.ohiodominican.edu/Alumni__Friends/ for more information.Alumni Events - Throughout the year, the Alumni Office hosts a wide variety of events for Ohio Dominican graduates. A few of our regular events include Homecoming, an Alumni Happy Hour, Career Networking, Reunion Weekend, and activities for alumni families. Alumni Insurance Program - Ohio Dominican contracts with USI Affinity Collegiate Insurance Resources to provide a variety of products including medical, disability, travel, auto and home insurance. Visit the alumni website for more information.Ohio Dominican University Publications - A variety of university publications such as the magazine, newletter, annual report, and monthly alumni newsletter will be shared with alumni via mail and electronic media throughout the year.Library Access - Alumni may have their ODU Alumni Association membership expanded to include library privileges to use the resources available at the Spangler Learning Center free of charge. (Use of the Multimedia Center services may require additional costs.)Computer Use - Alumni may also access a campus computer by requesting a guest account at the Computer Helpdesk in the Spangler Learning Center. This privilege is available for alumni to search for employment and conduct research, as well as for other academic needs.Undergraduate Course Audit - Alumni may audit a University undergraduate course on a space-available basis after all matriculating students are registered. There is a $50 audit fee for auditing a course. This fee includes a parking permit. Books and supplies are the responsibility of the auditing alum. No academic credit is earned, but the opportunity for lifelong learning can be invaluable.Graduate Course Audit - Alumni may audit a University graduate course on a space-available basis after all graduate students are registered. There is a flat fee of $100 for auditing a course. This fee includes a parking permit. Books and supplies are the responsibility of the auditing alum. Alumni must have the necessary academic background to participate in the course, and the program director and instructor must approve the audit. No academic credit is earned.Career Development Center - The Career Development Center has joined a recruiting system called eCampus Recruiter that allows students and alumni to search for available full- and part-time employment and internship opportunities. Positions are posted directly on the website by approved employers and are organized by category. Resumes may also be posted online. For more information, contact the Director of Career Development at 614-251-4734.Lifetime E-mail Forwarding - After graduation, the ODU e-mail address may be retained for life. Once you sign up for this service, available to new graduates only, all e-mail that is sent to a current ODU e-mail address may be forwarded to an off-campus, personal e-mail address provided by the graduate.ODU Online Alumni Community - The alumni website provides a password protected online directory, event information and registration, online mentoring opportunities, and easy online giving to the ODU Annual Fund or Class Gift.For more information about the services described above, please call the Alumni Office at 614-251-4608 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Ohio Dominican University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA II). The University sponsors 16 varsity sports: Men's and women‘s cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, softball and baseball. Additionally, the student population has a variety of club sports and intramural activities offered by Student Activities.Eligibility standards are determined by the NCAA and are verified by the institution. First time entering freshmen must meet two of three entry-level requirements:
Additionally, the NCAA maintains standards for eligibility for all students after enrollment. These standards insure that all athletes are making normal progress toward their degree and are maintaining an acceptable GPA. Detailed information regarding these rules and regulations, along with departmental academic policies and procedures can be found in the Athletic Department Academic Handbook.Athletic Grants are awarded on a year-to-year basis by individual coaches and must be approved by the Director of Athletics and the Director of Financial Aid. Athletes must meet academic requirements, coaches' requirements, departmental requirements, and University requirements for renewal. Information regarding player participation and expectations, practice and game policies, and athletic grant in aid contracts can be found in the Athletic Department Student Handbook.The University Athletic Advisory Committee, chaired by the Faculty Athletic Representative, provides support and representation of the Athletic Department. The committee promotes the institutional mission and the goals of the NCAA. The committee makes recommendations and assists in problem solving within the University community on athletic department issues.
The Career Development Center provides assistance with choosing majors and career paths through counseling and assessments, and advises students in regard to career planning and professional development issues, including internships, resumes, cover letters, job search methods, interviewing skills and other related subjects. Office and internet resources include internship, part-time/full-time job postings, occupational information resources, and guides on professional development. Students are encouraged to contact the Center with questions or make appointments for advising. The Career Development Center can provide services such as those described below.Career Decision Making
Interest Inventory Testing:
This method of career assessment takes inventory of a broad range of interest areas in order to apply them to specific career fields. Interest testing is based on the realization that people excel in work that involves things they have personal interest in.Personality Assessment:
The purpose of this instrument is to better develop the student‘s self understanding. The instrument defines 16 personality types based on the individual‘s preferred way of doing things. This is an excellent means for determining the types of roles for which an individual is suited.Career Major/Counseling:
This one-on-one process attempts to assimilate information gathered from an exploration of the student‘s background, activities and aspirations in conjunction with the assessments taken. The counseling process is a non-directive approach that allows the student to draw conclusions under the counselor‘s guidance. The goal is for the student to identify fields and careers that should be explored and researched, based on what he or she has learned. It is a collaborative effort between student and counselor.Graduate Programs
The Career Development Center can help students determine the appropriateness of graduate programs in attaining long-term career goals. In addition, students can obtain information about graduate and professional programs and receive guidance or resources to assist with application, essay writing, and standardized tests.Professional Development
Writing and maintaining an effective resume is the first step in the job search. Students can receive guidance on resume content, format, layout and strategies through written materials, seminars and critiquing by Career Development staff.Internships
The Career Center places significant emphasis on internship experience for valuable, real-world application of classroom learning in addition to providing important practical experience for career entry. Career Center staff can help guide students through the process of securing suitable opportunities. Internships may be coordinated and accredited through certain academic programs or utilized absent any coursework or accreditation. Students should check with their academic advisors to determine if their internship experience can receive academic credit or be integrated with their coursework.Interview Preparation
Successful interviews lead to job offers. Students are encouraged to learn about the process of job interviewing through materials and seminars. Emphasis is placed on appropriate dress and etiquette, fielding interview questions, employer decision process, job offers and benefits.Mock Interview
Students are given the opportunity to dress-rehearse for an employment interview in order to prepare, practice and refine their performance. Students are then critiqued on their presentation in order to increase their ability to interview successfully. Mock interviews must be scheduled in advance.Job Fairs
Information about local job fairs and guidance on utilizing them effectively is available through the Career Development Center.Education Interview Day
Schools from all over Central Ohio and other locations participate in on-campus interviews with graduating education majors during spring break. Education majors will be contacted about participating in this event during their senior year.Job and Internship Postings
Current postings are provided by employers and made available for students interested in full-time, part-time, internship, seasonal and volunteer opportunities. See the Career Center‘s website listed below for more information about this resource.Job Search Methods
Students can meet with a Career Center advisor to aid their search and receive advice about their strategies. The Career Center provides instruction about various methods for locating openings, and may advise students about current opportunities.For more information about these resources and services, students may visit the Career Development Center or contact the staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 614-251-4733. The above subjects may also be accessed on the Career Center’s website, at www.ohiodominican.edu/Career.
Ohio Dominican University is committed to providing faculty, staff, and students with access to new and evolving technologies to enhance communication and learning opportunities for students. The Center for Instructional Technology and e-Learning (CITe) supports faculty and students in the many uses of technology, has responsibility for the telecommunications system on campus and oversees the ANGEL Learning Management System.Students should first contact the ODU HelpDesk if they encounter a problem with ANGEL. For problems with campus telephones or for available technologies and their educational uses, students should contact CITe at CenterforInstructionalTechnology@ohiodominican.edu.
No student on the basis of disability will be excluded from participation in, or denied benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any college class or program at Ohio Dominican University. The University is also aware that students with varying types and degrees of disabilities may have special requirements for assistance so that the educational process as well as educational materials shall be effectively communicated. The University is prepared to make reasonable accommodations and adjustments on a case-by-case basis to assure nondiscrimination.It is the obligation of the student, not the parents or advocates, to self identify to the Coordinator of Disability Services of Ohio Dominican University (hereafter "Coordinator"). It is the student's responsibility to provide the Coordinator with appropriate documentation that substantiates the disability and establishes the need for accommodation(s). (The University provides Guidelines for Documentation that can be obtained from the Coordinator‘s office.) The Coordinator will then evaluate and determine what additional procedure or aid, if any, may be required. The student shall make the need known to the Coordinator at the earliest available time and shall cooperate with the Coordinator in scheduling appointments for the purpose of evaluation of such student‘s need for aid and the extent of disability. Ohio Dominican University requires sufficient lead-time to provide any appropriate accommodations and cannot guarantee the availability of appropriate accommodations without adequate notice.In making the determination as to the nature of, or the need for, additional educational aids, the Coordinator will meet with the student for necessary interviews. The Coordinator will endeavor to determine the extent of the student‘s impairment and the student‘s prior use of auxiliary aids. In most cases, the Coordinator also will consult with the student‘s instructors to determine the context of the classroom situation. The Coordinator may also consult with other specialists within and outside the University, and the student seeking assistance shall cooperate in such consultation.If after receiving the determination of the Coordinator, the student is of the opinion that he or she does not have an effective opportunity to benefit from educational coursework, the student may appeal the determination of the Coordinator to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs of Ohio Dominican University. The Associate Vice President shall review the needs of the student and make an independent determination of which auxiliary aids or accommodations, if any, are appropriate, using the criteria described for such determination by the Coordinator. The Associate Vice President's decision is final.
Public Law No. 93-380, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, has set down requirements designed to safeguard student privacy both of access to student educational records and to the release of such records. Official educational records are maintained in the Office of the Registrar. Copies of records are provided to the Office of Academic Affairs, academic advisors and other administrative offices on as a need to know basis. Official educational records are released upon the student's written request only or, in the case of students who are defined as dependent according to the Internal Revenue Service, their parents. Ohio Dominican University defines directory information as a student's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, class, degrees earned, date of degrees, dates of attendance and honors. Every time students register, they have the opportunity to notify the Office of the Registrar of their requests that this information not be released outside the institution except to individuals, institutions, agencies and organizations authorized in the Act.
As a Catholic, liberal arts University guided by its mission, "to contemplate truth and to share the fruits of this contemplation," Ohio Dominican is clearly committed to research, experimentation, and scholarship. Further, given the University's historical dedication to issues regarding social justice and human dignity, research conducted under the auspices of the University must adhere to government and ethical guidelines and must not oppose those principles for which a Catholic institution stands. Briefly, no research can violate basic human dignity, place human subjects at unreasonable risk, or expose human subjects to unreasonable harm.All research involving human participants must be submitted to the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to use. Forms and further explanations are available on the institution internal F:\\ drive. Research may not begin without IRB approval. Once approval has been granted, all materials must contain the following phrase: "Ohio Dominican University IRB approved."
Ohio Dominican University recognizes that we live in a diverse society, globally and domestically. In addition to recruiting a diverse student body, we are committed to reflecting that diversity in our services and programs.The International Office serves as a primary resource for achieving global education for both current Ohio Dominican students as well as incoming international students. For international students with U.S. student visa, the office provides immigration regulation and general advising support, and hosts programs for new and current international students. The Office presents specialized programming aimed at increasing the awareness and visibility of international education at ODU. The Office manages the University's study abroad programs, including ODU Roma and the May Term programs, and works with faculty to create new study abroad opportunities. The Office also provides advising for students seeking international educational experiences and international internships, conducts pre-departure orientations for outgoing study abroad students, maintains contact with students and host country coordinators throughout the terms abroad, serves as a resource for the students during the duration of the program, and works as a liaison between host institutions, students, and the academic departments at ODU.Students who spend one full academic year studying abroad are exempt from the core seminar at that level, with the exception of the senior seminar that is required for the major.Additional information the International Office is available on the ODU website at www.ohiodominican.edu/internationaloffice.
The Ohio Dominican University Library is a valuable resource offering an online catalog with a collection of over 115,000 books, videos, and DVDs; access to over 185 online and full-text research databases; and over 10,000 continuing subscriptions to print and electronic journal publications. Access to additional material, including digital media, is provided through the library‘s membership and strong reciprocal participation in the statewide academic library consortium, OhioLINK. In addition, the Library maintains agreements with some national and international libraries to share materials across borders. The library‘s collections, along with many public-access PCs, data ports, and a wireless network, are available throughout the three floors of Spangler Learning Center 93.5 hours a week year-round.The ODU Library offers exceptional services as well. In-depth research and reference assistance, course-integrated instruction, instructional collaboration, online research tutorials and documents, workshops, orientations, and assistance with the selection of new information resources are all available for the ODU community. The staff strives to help patrons search effectively so that they can find the most relevant information, evaluate what they have found, and use that information effectively in socially responsible and ethical ways. The library‘s goal is to help its patrons learn to think critically and innovatively about research.The ODU Library staff is an enthusiastic and committed group of professionals. Each member of the dedicated staff strives to meet the challenge of upholding the ODU mission by providing excellent service to the entire ODU community.Additional information about the library can be found on the University website at www.ohiodominican.edu/library/.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides education-based services that support academic success and personal development as well as to promote a sense of community that enhances the well-being of all students. These objectives are achieved through advising sessions, referrals to appropriate offices, and sponsorship of campus programming.Ohio Dominican believes that all students should be given the opportunity to learn and experience many cultures while attending the University. Thus, social and cultural programs are designed with the purpose of educating the campus and community.
Stepping Stones for Success
The Office of Multicultural Affairs recognized the need to assist first-year students of color in their transition to campus life. Subsequently, Stepping Stones for Success was created in an effort to provide such a service. Stepping Stones for Success creates social connections with the utilization of academic resources which are essential in assisting first-year students as they adjust to a new campus environment. The overall goal of the program is to retain first-year students of color by providing them with support and guidance from upper-class students who provide insight and positive reinforcement. All first-year students of color are invited to participate in the program.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 614-251-4694.
Federal Law PL 101-542, the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 and Higher Education Amendments of 1992, require Ohio Dominican to publish safety and security policies and services as well as certain crime statistics. This information is compiled by calendar year and published every September. Students and prospective students may request copies of this report through the Admissions Office at 614-251-4500. University employees and prospective employees may request copies from the Human Resource Office at 614-251-4557. Questions about this report or about campus safety and security may be directed to Public Safety at 614-251-4303.
As a Servicemember‘s Opportunity College (SOC), Ohio Dominican is committed to providing special services for military personnel through flexible opportunities for completion of a degree.