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Program Vision

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At its foundation, Abilene Christian University is committed to equipping students to respond to the world’s deepest problems, to engage the world not as they wish it to be, but as they find it. In other words, students are being prepared in every discipline to serve and lead in a world that is profoundly broken.

A significant part of ACU’s value is in educating students holistically, equipping them not merely with skills to succeed in their profession, but with a heart that reflects God’s heart and a mission that participates in the mission of God in the world. Such education must include a keen understanding of God’s overriding love and concern for the poor and the powerless.

Students at ACU must be prepared not merely to learn ideas and skills but to offer their intellects, their vocations and their lives for the sake of others. They must be equipped, whatever their major, to live incarnationally – to become the hands and feet of Jesus in this world.



One such example of this is ACU at CitySquare.  CitySquare is a respected, 25-year-old poverty-fighting enterprise in Dallas formerly known as Central Dallas Ministries. Its administrative headquarters occupies CityWalk, a 15-story building at 511 N. Akard, a location that since 2010 has provided a multi-faceted outreach program, providing food to more than 35,000 neighbors each year, as well as health, social work and job training services. CitySquare has made quality office and classroom space available to ACU in exchange for a unique, visible partnership with the university’s outstanding academic and co-curricular programs, and a prime opportunity to grow them in a major urban area.

The partnership between ACU and CitySquare provides the location and occasion for a transformative educational experience across multiple disciplines in the university as participation in the life and mission of God. This partnership exemplifies the core identity and central mission of ACU.

The ACU at CitySquare program builds on the recognition that the emergence of new technologies provides new opportunities for learning. Our students’ classroom is the world. They must engage real people, places and problems wherever they find them.

Learning in context is essential for several reasons:

  1. A lived context offers experience with  complex real-world dynamics, requiring real interdisciplinary inquiry to solve problems.
  2. Learning in context merges theory and practice. It requires observation and participation in actual practice, not as the product of learning but as a means to it.
  3. Learning in context, particularly when students have significant personal and emotional connection, motivates the highest levels of learning. At ACU, we are committed to extending the boundaries of the classroom and achieving a richer, more vibrant learning experience for our students. We continue to seek new and better ways to equip students for the lives to which God has called them. We believe that participation with God in the world, often in its most broken places, is transformative. The partnership between ACU and CitySquare facilitates an innovative educational experience for students, highlighting an unmistakable connection between vocation and mission.

At ACU, we are committed to extending the boundaries of the classroom and achieving a richer, more vibrant learning experience for our students. We continue to seek new and better ways to equip students for the lives to which God has called them. We believe that participation with God in the world, often in its most broken places, is transformative. The partnership between ACU and CitySquare facilitates an innovative educational experience for students, highlighting an unmistakable connection between vocation and mission.