Online offerings from other schools available

By Erica Rakowicz

Madonna University and The Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities help students either get back on track with a solid schedule, accommodate for those who cannot fit traditional courses in, or make other classes available at different times.

The Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU) offerings through Madonna University launched during winter 2010.

“The mission of the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU) is to advance academic opportunities for members by sharing online resources and coordinating collaborative activities among and between members,” states the OCICU website.

Madonna University became a member of OCICU in 2007, with hopes to provide new and flexible opportunities to students, said Dina DuBuis, University Registrar.

“I spoke to a student this morning who needs two more courses to graduate.  However the two classes she wants are at the same time and day.  She can take one of the traditional MU courses, and use the OCICU to find the other course she needs to complete her graduation requirements,” she said.

Madonna University is looking into becoming a provider.

“We started by offering courses specifically from St. Leo’s University in Florida, but have recently opened it up to allow students to pick from any three- or more-semester hour course from any accredited member school,” DuBuis said.

Courses provided by OCICU are updated and current, with qualified faculty and constant support, according to OCICU’s website.

“The OCICU courses are all online courses, which is a great opportunity,” DuBuis said.

The opportunity requires discipline and self-motivation, both DuBuis and OCICU agree.


Students interested in OCICU opportunities can contact Jim Novak ( for a full list of opportunities and to request registration assistance. 


Students can also view the undergraduate bulletin, page 48, for more information.