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CCCU to honor ACU for racial harmony

October 17, 2005

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities announced that Abilene Christian University is one of two recipients of the 2006 Racial Harmony Award. Trinity University in Illinois is also a recipient.

The award will be presented at the 2006 CCCU International Forum on Christian Higher Education in Dallas March 30- April 1.

In announcing the award, the CCCU cited increased diversity among the student body, faculty, and curricular and extracurricular activities.

During the past five years, the percentage of students of color at ACU has increased by 100, equaling 20.2 percent of the student body, up from 18.3 percent. Retention of U.S. ethnic minority students has improved from 67 percent in 1996 to an average of 70.1 percent.

Between 1997 and 2005, 23 minority faculty members were hired. In 1995-96, 2.4 percent of the faculty were non-white, ethnic minorities; in 2005-06, more than 7 percent are non-white. Faculty enrichment opportunities include conferences and workshops on race and ethnicity and reading groups on race and gender. Abilene’s faculty also developed and hosted a regional Lilly conference on the diversity in Christian higher education.

Programs reflecting ACU’s commitment to diversity include an urban studies program in Dallas; a minor in Ethnic & Women’s Studies; a summer/semester study program in Crow Nation, Mont.; and study abroad opportunities in Mexico, Central America and Latin America. Student groups and events on campus are supported and coordinated by ACU’s Office of Student Multicultural Enrichment.

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of more than 170 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. There are now 105 member campuses in North America and all are fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 71 affiliate campuses from 24 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

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