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New STEP UP Program Supports Success!

Ohio Christian University’s new STEP UP program pairs new residential students with faculty and staff dedicated to mentoring them in acclimating to campus life. Each mentor assists a small group of freshmen. Students have their first group “meet-ups” during orientation.

Joe Wuest, Dean of Students, explains STEP UP’s purpose: “We want students to have the resources they need to succeed and graduate as Trailblazers. STEP UP encourages students along their chosen courses, hopefully, building life-long relationships along the way.”

STEP UP ensures students travel best paths through their campus experience by providing mentors ready to support and challenge them to reach their God-given potentials.

STEP UP quickly connects students into the OCU family. Incoming students are flooded with new experiences and adsorb much new information quickly. During their first days and weeks, they may not know where to go or what to do in new situations. Familiarization is eased as they connect quickly with a mentor who knows the answers and gives timely guidance.

Being a student is challenging. STEP UP speeds socialization: Each small group meets during the 1st week, 1st month, midterm, post midterm, and before finals. In addition to answering questions, mentors guide students to campus services and advocate for them.

Mentors use FAQ guides so they can address every question and concern. They listen to students sharing about their experiences and encourage progress to graduation.

“We desire students to serve both in the church and outside of it,” explains Dean Wuest. “We are mindful of the avenues we provide and environment we create to help foster this goal.”