Last month, Olivet Nazarene University announced establishment of ONU Global (ONUG), a program that oversees the University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies and administers non-traditional learning.
Non-traditional learning includes online courses, as well as on-campus sites students may attend once a week, making it a realistic fit for the adult student, according to Carrie Dilley, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications at the Indiana site.
“Not everyone can do traditional school,” Dilley said. “I think the adult student is a completely different type of student; they have families, jobs and they’re just busy.” ONUG has on-ground sites in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, offering more than 30 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Students can take online courses, attend on-ground classes once a week or do a combination of the two. With approval for online programming in 46 states, ONUG offers 14 programs fully online.
Fully online programs available include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification in nursing, a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science in Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Organizational Leadership in business, an English as a Second Language Endorsement, a Middle School Endorsement, Teacher Leader Endorsement, Reading Specialist and Master of Arts: Curriculum and Instruction in education, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Engineering Management in engineering and a Master of Pastoral Leadership in ministry.
ONUG now has about 150 staff members, according to Dilley. “[ONUG] has really taken shape rather quickly,” Dilley said of the program that has exploded over the past two years. “We’re projecting the strongest year yet this year with enrollments.” ONUG currently has about 3,000 learners in their system and will start about 2,000 new students during this fiscal year.
Partnered with more than 200 organizations across the United States, ONUG has more than 150 learning locations, including five regional centers. Partnerships with corporations, hospitals, schools districts and churches allow students affiliated with these partners entitlement to tuition discounts, access to professional development seminars, use of ONU facilities and additional benefits – a major recruiting tool, according to Dilley.
Keeping true to their global mission, ONUG has a presence in Hong Kong along with partnerships in China, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Dubai UAE and Israel.
“Thousands of students are currently enrolled in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and many new students are starting every day, creating rapid growth in Olivet’s non-traditional programming,” said Dr. Ryan Spittal, vice president for strategic expansion, in a press release. “The purpose of ONU Global is to continue expanding the missional impact and quality programming of Olivet. Over the next five years, we expect continued significant advances in our operation, including new programming and locations that expand opportunities for students.”
“Olivet has become a leader in the Christian non-traditional learning environment, and ONU Global provides the opportunity for growing numbers of individuals to access Olivet programming,” Spittal said.
Additional information about ONU Global and Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is available at graduate.olivet.edu.
—Taylor Provost, News Editor