At its core, Oak Valley College is a Christian liberal arts college. What you experience at Oak Valley College goes well beyond the classroom, an education framed by and focused on a "whole" student experience. Beyond just learning facts and figures, or inputs and outputs, the personal experience at OVC is about you as a person, maturing in a way that reflects your individuality and specialized teaching that comes from each professor.
When completed, you should be well-versed in the following Program Learning Outcomes, but more importantly, you will display these attributes as a mature well-rounded individual prepared for a successful career and life beyond OVC.
Program Learning Outcomes
Oak Valley College achieves its mission when students master the following disciplines.
Critical thinking - Identify, analyze, and evaluate alternative solutions to a wide range of common problems by presenting reliable, valid, and logical arguments
Creative problem solving - Develop entrepreneurial solutions recognizing varying points of view to create innovative approaches to common challenges
Communications - Present arguments in a professional manner and collaborate with others and in teams, using relevant research, quantitative and qualitative data, and sound reasoning in oral and written work
Theological and spiritual growth - Articulate biblical themes, applications, and historical perspectives that support and reflect a Christian worldview. Adopt Christian principles and the application of those principles to act ethically and morally in the workplace and community
Lifelong learning and liberal arts - Pursue scholarly excellence and translate that discipline to support career, community, and family decisions
Business Major OutcomeS
Business education is well established in higher education, and the common core standards for student success focus on key management functions, including the ability to effectively manage people, processes, and core general management. Within the Oak Valley College Business Major, students explore these topics in courses covering both quantitative and qualitative disciplines. The outcome is a well-rounded business education with a modest focus on entrepreneurship. The Business Major covers half of the entire program, so within the Major, students dig deep into a broad range of business topics (click here).
While student success is often measured in numbers, the leaders at Oak Valley College really focus on the individual student. While individual student stories are not captured in these numbers, every student has a compelling story, and we would love to share some of those stories with you. These individual stories are often captured through focus groups we conduct with students, but even more telling, is to meet with a student and here where they started and how they have matured through their education at Oak Valley College.
General education outcomes
The General Education Program is to expose students to the rich history and culture that defines a liberal arts education. Upon completing the General Education Program, an Oak Valley College graduate will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to learn independently
Apply critical thinking, creative problem solving, and analytical skills to everyday situations and challenges
Communicate effectively in writing and speech in a professional setting
Display information literacy, including the ability to effectively evaluate and validate academic and business research through library resources
General education coursework - General education at Oak Valley College encompasses all coursework that is not part of the Business Major, including:
Theology - Old Testament and New Testament Survey, Systematic Theology, and Spiritual Formation are four core courses every student must complete to earn the degree. These courses cover history, theology, and spiritual disciplines that help students develop a great appreciation of the Bible, Christian traditions and beliefs, and personal spirituality.
Liberal arts - history, government, math, economics, science, philosophy, art, and music are core disciplines that every liberal arts student should experience as part of a liberal arts education. These courses have long been a part of Western education, and the tradition of developing competencies in these subjects make for a well-rounded educational experience
student Data for the Bachelor of Arts in Business
2016-2017 - 81% of students from First Semester returned for Third Semester
2017-2018 - 89% of students from Third Semester returned for Fifth Semester
77% of students from First Semester returned for Third Semester
Oak valley college Census
Total unduplicated headcount on October 15, 2016 - 11 students. Full-time equivalent (FTE) - 11 students
Total unduplicated headcount on October 15, 2017 - 25 students. Full-time equivalent (FTE) - 25 students
Total unduplicated haedcount on October 15, 2018 - 37 students. Full-time equivalent (FTE) - 37 students