October Marks Third Annual Christian Higher Education Month

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Oct. 2, 2001

October 2001 marks the third annual Christian Higher Education Month, a month designed to emphasize the role of Christian universities such as Abilene Christian University.

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, of which ACU is a member, designated this month in 1999 to celebrate the impact Christian colleges and universities have on their students and on society.

"We established Christian Higher Education Month to raise awareness of and increase recognition for the vital role that Christian higher education plays in the process of transforming culture," said CCCU president Dr. Robert Andringa. "It's time to highlight the contribution our member campuses are making in the world around us."

Many of the member institutions of the CCCU have seen a surge in enrollment in recent years, growing in excess of many other private and public institutions. In a seven-year period from 1990-97, the enrollment of full-time undergraduate students in CCCU schools rose 32 percent, compared to an increase of only four percent in public and private American colleges, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

At ACU, enrollment hit a record high for three consecutive years ­ 1998, 1999, and 2000 ­ and this year reached a record number of traditional undergraduate students. With approximately 4,700 students, ACU is one of the largest member schools in the 101-member CCCU.

Graduates of Christian colleges and universities are being accepted in virtually all graduate programs here and abroad as well as being sought out by employers in business, industry and the professions.

At ACU, students are accepted into medical and dental schools at twice the national average, and accounting majors pass the CPA exam the first time at a rate twice that of the national average.

In addition, ACU ranks 10th in the nation among master's level, private universities for preparing graduates who eventually earn doctorates.

Some of ACU's alumni include the country's best-selling Christian author, four college presidents, 1,000-plus physicians, Super Bowl-winning coaches, inventors, professional athletes, national journalists, business leaders, ministers, teachers and top professionals in nearly every field of endeavor.

Some of the products of Christian higher education include Max Lucado, ACU alumni and author of best-selling books; Dr. James Dobson, founder and president of Focus on the Family; Matthew Parker, president of the Institute for Black Family Development; Dr. David Wong of Eli Lilly; Katherine Paterson, Newbery medal award winner; and Michael Gerson, speech writer for President Bush.

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities is a professional association of 101 fully-accredited, comprehensive institutions of higher education in North America with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. The mission of the CCCU is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help member institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to Biblical truth.

Abilene Christian University is one of the largest private universities in the Southwest and is located on a beautiful, 208-acre modern campus 180 miles west of Dallas. The university includes the College of Business Administration, College of Biblical Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School and School of Nursing. These academic divisions offer 70 baccalaureate majors that include 117 areas of study and 31 advanced degree programs.


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