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October marks national Christian Higher Education Month

ACU alum featured on CCCU Web site

For immediate release
Oct. 1, 2004

Around the nation, Christian colleges and universities are celebrating Christian Higher Education Month, sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

In honor of CHEM, the CCCU Web site is featuring profiles of 21 outstanding alumni in various vocations from member colleges within the CCCU. Applicants were nominated from the 105 CCCU-member schools, and 21 alumni were chosen to be honored. Among them is David Leeson, Abilene Christian University alumnus and recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his photography for the Dallas Morning News.

Leeson's profile is available here.  More profiles are available here.

Last November, the House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing the outstanding contributions of Christian colleges and universities.  You can download the Congressional Record here.

The goal of CCCU institutions is to offer academic excellence in an intentionally Christian atmosphere.  “Through most of civilization, the best art, music, science and literature have come from individuals with deep faith in God,” said Bob Andringa, president of CCCU.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education in 2002, enrollment in CCCU schools skyrocketed with a 67 percent increase over the past decade, compared to an only two percent average increase of all public and private schools.

CCCU campuses also have a higher percentage of student retention with 73.5 percent of CCCU freshmen returning for their sophomore year in 2001, compared to 71.7 percent at other similar colleges nationally.

According to the most recent CCCU Tuition Survey, the average amount for tuition and fees during the 2002-03 academic year was $13,729. This is nearly $4,000 less per year than the national average for all private colleges and universities ($16,287) according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

 About the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities:

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is an international higher education association of intentionally Christian colleges and universities. Serving 218,000 students, our 105 members in North America and 69 affiliate campuses in 24 countries employ more than 15,000 faculty.


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