Statement of Objectives
Olivet Nazarene University is an institution of higher education, affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, serving those who share her values and priorities. The University seeks to communicate effectively the historical and cultural heritage and to provide opportunity for liberal arts education in a Christian academic community. The University articulates its objectives in three distinct and clearly defined dimensions:
To provide general education experiences so that an educated person may
- Be acquainted with both cognitive and affective dimensions of Christianity;
- Be able to think, write, and speak clearly and effectively;
- Possess understanding of the dynamic processes within and between persons and the larger systems of which each person and group are a part;
- Be exposed to an international culture;
- Be able to understand the procedures of science and the impact of scientific issues on daily living;
- Have an informed acquaintance with the aesthetic experience of literature and the arts; and
- Develop attitudes and philosophies that increase personal health.
To provide opportunity for concentration in chosen areas of learning, including
- An academic specialization equipping the individual for meaningful and productive living;
- Opportunities for basic and advanced preparation in several areas of Christian ministry, lay leadership, and churchmanship;
- Programs leading to further graduate or professional studies;
- Professional education in selected areas on the undergraduate and graduate levels; and
- Appropriate two- or three-year programs in specific areas.
To provide a Christian academic community atmosphere which is conducive to the implementation of the motto ‘‘An Education With a Christian Purpose’’ through
- The development of a Christ-centered character in preparation for excellence in service and citizenship;
- An appreciation for the historical and theological heritage of the Church and the development of a sense of responsibility to the fulfillment of her mission;
- A commitment to the ethical ideals and standards of the Bible and the Church of the Nazarene;
- Active participation in social and political institutions of contemporary society;
- The development of personal and social poise, firm convictions, and consideration for the rights and feelings of others; and
- The fostering of learning how to relate the Christian faith to the problems of world concern.