ACU's 21st Century Vision
By 2020, ACU will become the premier university for the education of Christ-centered, global leaders.
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ACU will produce leaders who think critically, globally and missionally.
We believe ACU is in a unique position to educate the next generation of Christian leaders - individuals who understand that leadership is service, as modeled by Jesus. ACU will become increasingly attractive to a broad spectrum of talented Christian students from across the nation and around the world who believe faith is about personal commitment as well as community. A strong liberal arts core curriculum will ensure these future leaders learn how to learn, and leadership opportunities will be woven into the student experience. We believe all students have leadership potential - potential to use their God-given strengths and talents to their fullest in His service.
ACU will build distinctive and innovative programs.
To attract more Christian scholars among the student body and faculty, ACU will significantly strengthen our most distinctive programs and develop new, innovative programs in the coming decade. Partnerships with corporate America and the nonprofit sector will provide uncharacteristic opportunities for student research and hands-on learning. ACU will invest in a fully-developed Honors College and create highly-attractive academic programs that set the university apart.
ACU will deliver a unique, Christ-centered experience that draws students into community.
For residential students, ACU’s culture and physical environment will be shaped to encourage spontaneous, deep discussions with fellow students, faculty and staff about a wide variety of topics. Discussing great books and big ideas will become as common as playing intramural sports or volunteering in the community. The ability to engage in meaningful relationships and work in teams will become characteristic of ACU graduates. For our non-residential students, innovative technologies will be used to develop those same meaningful relationships and team-building skills.
ACU will expand its Christian influence and educational reach nationally and internationally.
ACU will emerge as a thought leader among those interested in Christianity and culture. Our faculty will engage in research and scholarly activities that not only promote their expertise, but also serve as a resource to mainstream Christian constituencies. Students, faculty and staff will do more than talk about community and global issues – they will be strongly encouraged to tackle them head-on, with passion. At least half our undergraduate students will study abroad. Mentors will help ACU’s highly involved students find ways to balance all aspects of their purposeful lives.
The type of graduate and undergraduate students drawn to the ACU experience will be learners, Christ-followers, friend-makers, and world-changers. These leaders will learn to apply their Christian faith to their field of study, and they will engage the world as critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, global citizens and volunteers - alongside faculty, staff and alumni. We believe people around the globe will benefit from a distinctive ACU education. Therefore, we will enthusiastically pursue avenues to take the university to the world - and to bring the world to ACU. Abilene Christian will educate leaders who believe God calls us to love with all our hearts, lead with all our minds, and serve with all our strength.