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Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Council for Christian
Colleges & Universities
Abbreviation CCCU
Formation 1976 (1976)
Legal status 501(c)(3) organization
Purpose Educational
Region served
North America
Shirley V. Hoogstra
Main organ
Board of Directors
Affiliations American Council on Education
Council of Independent Colleges
International Council for Higher Education
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Washington Higher Education Secretariat
Over 100[2]
Website .org.cccuwww

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is an international association of Christian institutions of higher education working to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and "to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth."[3] Founded in 1976 with 38 member colleges or universities, the Council has grown to 121 members in North America and 60 affiliate institutions in 19 countries.


  • Location 1
  • Leadership 2
  • Services 3
  • Best Semester 4
  • Membership 5
  • Member Institutions 6
  • Affiliates 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The CCCU is a tax-exempt Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.. The Council also owns facilities in Oxford, England, for its Oxford student programmes and San Jose, Costa Rica, for its Latin American Studies Program. The CCCU leases spaces for the remaining Best Semester student programs around the world (see below). In 1989, the Council purchased the townhouse adjacent to The Dellenback Center for guest housing in its Capitol Hill location. In 1999, the Council purchased and renovated an existing townhouse to use as its main headquarters. The original two-story townhouse was constructed in the 1850s and is one of the few remaining wooden clapboard structures on Capitol Hill. It is within walking distance to Union Station, the Capitol and the Washington Mall.[4]


In September 2014, Shirley V. Hoogstra, J.D., was named the Council's seventh president.[5] Before that, she was the vice president for student life at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after having served for four years on Calvin’s Board of Trustees. While at Calvin, Hoogstra also served as a cabinet member who became familiar with team building, campus-wide planning and communications. She was also the co-host of Inner Compass, a nationally televised show on PBS.[6] She has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles for CCCU institutes and commissions, and is the Council's first female president.[7] The previous president, Edward O. Blews Jr., served from January 1, 2013, to October 22, 2013.[8][9] William P. Robinson, former president of Whitworth University, was named the interim president[8] before Hoogstra was appointed. The Council's 14-member board of directors is composed of current member presidents, past presidents and friends of the CCCU mission.[10] The current chair is Dr. Charles "Chip" W. Pollard, president of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.[11]


With a $13 million budget, 65 employees and hundreds of volunteer leaders,[12] the CCCU provides more than 100 programs and services to fulfill the Council's mission and to meet the needs of Christ-centered colleges and universities. These include student global education opportunities, and many professional development opportunities for its members throughout the year, such as annual gatherings for its college and university presidents, and annual conferences for member Chief Institutional Development Officers; Communication, Marketing and Media Officers; Chief Enrollment Officers; Chief Financial Officers; Campus Ministry Directions, and other leadership development programs. Other member services include webinars, grant-making opportunities for scholarship and research, discipline specific forums, networking communities, a tuition waver exchange program, and an online career center.[13] Members also receive access to the Council's biannual magazine called CCCU ADVANCE, as well as regular news updates, website resources on scholarship, and information related to Christian higher education policy and issues.

Best Semester

The CCCU administers a number of student study programs around the world through its Best Semester programs.[14] More than 700 students take part in these Council-approved, academic programs each year. Students of CCCU member institutions have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs that include course work, field experiences, cross cultural events and internships in Australia, China, Latin America, the Middle East, Oxford, England, Russia, and Uganda. There is also a public affairs program and a journalism program in Washington, D.C., a contemporary music program in Nashville, and a film studies program in Los Angeles. Alumni of global education programs gain valuable personal and professional experience in shaping the future.[15]


For full membership in the CCCU (see affiliate requirements below), each institution must:

  • "Be located in North America."
  • "Offer comprehensive undergraduate curricula rooted in the arts and sciences."
  • "Have a public, board-approved institutional mission or purpose statement that is Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith."
  • "Curricular and extra-curricular programs reflect the integration of scholarship, biblical faith and service."
  • "Hire as full-time faculty members and administrators only persons who profess faith in Jesus Christ."
  • "Have been, are now, and will continue to be supportive of other Christian colleges."
  • "Have a commitment to advance the cause of Christian higher education through active participation in the programs of the Council."
  • "Demonstrate responsible financial operations."
  • "Have institutional practices which reflect high ethical standards."
  • "Have non-probationary regional accreditation (U.S. campuses only)."
  • "Conduct fund raising activities in a manner consistent with the standards of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability."[16]

In 2015 some member schools withdrew or announced their intention to withdraw from membership in the CCCU because of a policy change by some member institutions to hire same-sex couples.[17] [18] A potential split within the CCCU was avoided with the announcement on September 21, 2015 by the CCCU president that both Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University had withdrawn from the Council. The Council issued a statement affirming the traditional Christian view of marriage as between a man and a woman. A task force has been appointed to examine the rationale for the existing associational categories plus address how to remain rooted in traditional Christianity.[19]

Member Institutions

Abilene Christian University Abilene Texas 4,461 Churches of Christ 1906 1971 1982
Anderson University Anderson Indiana 2,737 Church of God (Anderson) 1917 1946 1982
Anderson University Anderson South Carolina 2,279 South Carolina Baptist Convention 1848 1959 2011
Asbury University Wilmore Kentucky 1,613 None 1890 1940 1976
Azusa Pacific University Azusa California 10,755 None 1899 1961 1976
Belhaven University Jackson Mississippi 2,619 None 1883 1946 1979
Bethel College Mishawaka Indiana 2,075 Missionary Church 1947 1971 1984
Bethel University Arden Hills Minnesota 4,332 Baptist General Conference 1871 1959 1976
Biola University La Mirada California 6,301 None 1908 1961 1976
Bluefield College Bluefield Virginia 736 Baptist General Association of Virginia 1922 1949 2008
Bluffton University Bluffton Ohio 1,149 Mennonite Church 1899 1953 1991
Bryan College Dayton Tennessee 1,079 None 1930 1969 1976
California Baptist University Riverside California 4,013 Southern Baptist Convention 1950 1961 1990
Calvin College Grand Rapids Michigan 4,171 Christian Reformed Church 1876 1930 1981
Campbellsville University Campbellsville Kentucky 2,830 Southern Baptist Convention 1906 1963 1976
Carson–Newman University Jefferson City Tennessee 2,032 Southern Baptist Convention 1851 1927 2003
Cedarville University Cedarville Ohio 3,066 Baptist 1887 1975 1991
Central Christian College of Kansas Cedarville Ohio 1884 Free Methodist Church 1887
Charleston Southern University North Charleston South Carolina 3,298 South Carolina Baptist Convention 1964
College of the Ozarks Point Lookout Missouri 1,334 Presbyterian Church USA 1906 1961 1996
Colorado Christian University Lakewood Colorado 2,599 None 1914 1981 1985
Concordia University Irvine Irvine California 3,251 Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1976 1981 2011
Corban University Salem Oregon 1,031 Baptist 1935 1971 1992
Cornerstone University Grand Rapids Michigan 2,440 None 1941 1977 1991
Covenant College Lookout Mountain Georgia 1,343 Presbyterian Church in America 1955 1971 1976
Crown College St. Bonifacius Minnesota 1,229 Christian and Missionary Alliance 1916 1980 1997
Dallas Baptist University Dallas Texas 5,297 Baptist 1898 1959 1984
Dordt College Sioux Center Iowa 1,361 Christian Reformed Church 1955 1969 1981
East Texas Baptist University Marshall Texas 1,210 Southern Baptist Convention 1912 1957 1995
Eastern Nazarene College Quincy Massachusetts 1,000 Church of the Nazarene 1900 1943 1982
Eastern University St. Davids Pennsylvania 4,364 American Baptist Churches USA 1952 1954 1976
Emmanuel College Franklin Springs Georgia 800 International Pentecostal Holiness Church 1919 1967 2011
Erskine College Due West South Carolina 864 Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 1839 1925 1981
Evangel University Springfield Missouri 1,911 Assemblies of God Church 1955 1965
Faulkner University Montgomery Alabama 3,574 Churches of Christ 1942
Fresno Pacific University Fresno California 2,436 Mennonite Brethren Church 1944 1961 1981
Geneva College Beaver Falls Pennsylvania 1,951 Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America 1848 1922 1976
George Fox University Newberg Oregon 3,383 Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends 1885 1959 1976
Gordon College Wenham Massachusetts 1,748 None 1889 1961 1976
Grace College and Theological Seminary Winona Lake Indiana 1,509 Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 1948 1976 1976
Greenville College Greenville Illinois 1,618 Free Methodist Church 1892 1948 1976
Hannibal–LaGrange University Hannibal Missouri 1,150 Southern Baptist Convention 1928 2007 2010
Hardin–Simmons University Abilene Texas 2,387 Baptist General Convention of Texas 1891 1927 2003
Hope International University Fullerton California 864 None 1928 1969 1994
Houghton College Houghton New York 1,415 Wesleyan Church 1883 1935 1976
Houston Baptist University Houston Texas 2,564 Southern Baptist Convention 1960 1968 2000
Howard Payne University Brownwood Texas 1,388 Baptist General Convention of Texas 1889 1948 2000
Huntington University Huntington Indiana 1,230 United Brethren Church 1897 1961 1978
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion Indiana 14,959 Wesleyan Church 1920 1966 1976
John Brown University Siloam Springs Arkansas 2,017 None 1919 1962 1976
Judson College Marion Alabama 324 Southern Baptist Convention 1838 1925
Judson University Elgin Illinois 1,239 American Baptist Churches USA 1963 1973
Kentucky Christian University Grayson Kentucky 662 Christian churches and churches of Christ 1919 1984 1999
King University Bristol Tennessee 1,702 Presbyterian Church USA 1867 1947 1979
King's University College Edmonton Alberta 652* None 1979 - 1987
Lee University Cleveland Tennessee 4,922 Church of God (Cleveland) 1918 1960 1981
LeTourneau University Longview Texas 3,662 None 1946 1970 1985
Lipscomb University Nashville Tennessee 4,580 Churches of Christ 1891 1954 1999
Louisiana College Pineville Louisiana 1,096 Southern Baptist Convention 1906 1923 2003
Malone University Canton Ohio 2,442 Evangelical Friends Church - Eastern Region 1892 1964 1976
The Master's College and Seminary Santa Clarita California 1,417 None 1927 1975 1978
Messiah College Grantham Pennsylvania 2,802 None 1909 1963 1976
MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe Kansas 1,743 Church of the Nazarene 1966 1974 1978
Milligan College Carter County Tennessee 1,018 Christian churches and churches of Christ 1866 1960 1984
Mississippi College Clinton Mississippi 4,741 Southern Baptist Convention 1826 1922 2003
Missouri Baptist University St. Louis Missouri 4,614 Baptist 1957 1978 2005
Montreat College Montreat North Carolina 1,113 None 1916 1960 1985
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon Ohio 2,558 Church of the Nazarene 1968 1972 1982
North Central University Minneapolis Minnesota 1,200 General Council of the Assemblies of God in the United States of America 1930 1964 2010
North Greenville University Tigerville South Carolina 2,160 Southern Baptist Convention 1891 1957 2000
North Park University Chicago Illinois 3,244 Evangelical Covenant Church 1891 1926 1981
Northwest Christian University Eugene Oregon 534 Christian churches and churches of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1895 1962 1981
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa Idaho 1,939 Church of the Nazarene 1913 1930 1979
Northwest University Kirkland Washington 1,246 Assemblies of God Church 1934 1973 1992
Northwestern College Orange City Iowa 1,226 Reformed Church in America 1882 1953
Nyack College Nyack New York 3,041 Christian and Missionary Alliance 1882 1962 1976
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee Oklahoma 1,769 Southern Baptist Convention 1910 1952 1994
Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City Oklahoma 2,166 Churches of Christ 1950 1966 1998
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais Illinois 4,579 Church of the Nazarene 1907 1956 1978
Oral Roberts University Tulsa Oklahoma 3,067 None 1963 1971 1997
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach Florida 3,226 None 1968 1972 1982
Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego California 3,390 Church of the Nazarene 1902 1949 1979
Redeemer University College Ancaster Ontario 715 None 1982 - 1986
Regent University Virginia Beach Virginia 5,915 1978
Roberts Wesleyan College North Chili New York 1,902 Free Methodist Church 1866 1963 1982
San Diego Christian College El Cajon California 422 None 1970 1984 2008
Seattle Pacific University Seattle Washington 3,891 Free Methodist Church 1891 1933 1976
Shorter University Rome Georgia 1,136 Southern Baptist Convention 1873 1923 2009
Simpson University Redding California 1,147 Christian and Missionary Alliance 1921 1969 1976
Southeastern University Lakeland Florida 3,075 Assemblies of God Church 1935 1986 2002
Southern Nazarene University Bethany Oklahoma 2,069 Church of the Nazarene 1899 1956 1978
Southern Wesleyan University Central South Carolina 2,391 Wesleyan Church 1906 1973 1978
Southwest Baptist University Bolivar Missouri 3,656 Southern Baptist Convention 1878 1957 1995
Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor Michigan 3,973 Free Methodist Church 1873 1960 1978
Sterling College Sterling Kansas 653 Presbyterian Church USA 1887 1928/1957 1980
Tabor College Hillsboro Kansas 612 Mennonite Brethren Church 1908 1965 1979
Taylor University Upland Indiana 1,871 None 1846 1947 1976
Toccoa Falls College Toccoa Falls Georgia 899 Christian and Missionary Alliance 1911 1983 2008
Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville Tennessee 2,366 Church of the Nazarene 1901 1969 1980
Trinity Christian College Palos Heights Illinois 1,404 None 1959 1976 1980
Trinity International University Deerfield Illinois 2,694 Evangelical Free Church 1897 1969 1976
Trinity Western University Langley British Columbia 3,017* Evangelical Free Church 1962 - 1986
Union University Jackson Tennessee 3,655 Southern Baptist Convention 1823 1948 1993
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton Texas 2,648 Baptist General Convention of Texas 1845 1926 2008
University of Mobile Prichard Alabama 1,577 Alabama Baptist Convention 1961
University of Northwestern – St. Paul Roseville Minnesota 3,427 None 1902 1978
University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls South Dakota 1,589 American Baptist Churches USA 1883 1931/1958 1981
University of the Southwest Hobbs New Mexico 509 Baptist 1962 1980 2008
Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa California 2,149 Assemblies of God Church 1920 1964
Warner Pacific College Portland Oregon 973 Church of God (Anderson) 1937 1961 1982
Warner University Lake Wales Florida 1,154 Church of God (Anderson) 1968 1977 1982
Waynesburg University Waynesburg Pennsylvania 2,549 Presbyterian Church USA 1849 1950 2003
Westmont College Santa Barbara California 1,340 None 1937 1957 1976
Wheaton College Wheaton Illinois 2,915 None 1860 1916 1976
Whitworth University Spokane Washington 2,704 Presbyterian Church USA 1890 1933 1981
William Jessup University Rocklin California 1,280 Nondenominational Christianity 1939
Williams Baptist College Walnut Ridge Arkansas 560 Southern Baptist Convention 1941 1963 1994
York College York Nebraska 459 Churches of Christ 1890


By the end of 2014, the CCCU's 60 affiliates in 19 countries included: "institutions which do not fully meet member curriculum or hiring criteria," "institutions which are not primarily four-year undergraduate colleges," and "institutions outside North America."[23]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment* Year Joined
Africa International University Nairobi, Kenya 1983
Africa Nazarene University Nairobi, Kenya 1994
Alphacrucis College Parramatta, New South Wales 1948 500
Ambrose University College Calgary, Alberta 1921 800
Arizona Christian University Phoenix, Arizona 1960 683
Asbury Theological Seminary Wilmore, Kentucky 1923 1,662
Avondale College Cooranbong, New South Wales 1897 1,300
Baylor University Waco, Texas 1845 16,263
Booth University College Winnipeg, Manitoba 1982 200
Briercrest College and Seminary Caronport, Saskatchewan 1935 640
Cairn University Langhorne, Pennsylvania 1913 1,227
Campbell University Buies Creek, North Carolina 1887 7,121
Central University College Accra, Ghana 1998 8,400
Christelijke Hogeschool Ede Ede, Netherlands 1994 4,200
Christian Heritage College Brisbane, Australia
Christ's College Taipei, Taiwan
Columbia International University Columbia, South Carolina 1923 1,250
Crandall University Moncton, New Brunswick 1949 685
CSI Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Sciences Coimbatore, India
Dallas Theological Seminary Dallas, Texas 1924 2,149
Excelsia College Drummoyne, New South Wales
Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, Ohio 1946 2,112
Friends University Wichita, Kansas 1898 2,782
Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena, California 1947 4,300
Handong Global University Pohang, South Korea 1995 3,561
Jerusalem University College Jerusalem, Israel 1957
John Wesley Theological College Budapest, Hungary
Johnson University Knoxville, Tennessee 1893 956
Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary Budapest, Hungary 1855
Kuyper College Grand Rapids, Michigan 1939
Laidlaw College Auckland, New Zealand 1922
Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1933 1,600
LCC International University Klaipėda, Lithuania 1991 650
Life Pacific College San Dimas, California 1923
Lincoln Christian University Lincoln, Illinois 1944 1,050
McMaster Divinity College Hamilton, Ontario 1838
Moody Bible Institute Chicago, Illinois 1886 3,701
Multnomah University Portland, Oregon 1936 600
Nazarene Theological College Manchester, England 1944
Newbold College Binfield, England 1901
North Haiti Christian University Limbé, Nord, Haiti
Pepperdine University Malibu, California 1937 3,474
Point University West Point, Georgia 1937 1,439
Prairie Bible Institute Three Hills, Alberta 1922 285
Providence Christian College Pasadena, California 2002 100
Providence University College and Theological Seminary Otterburne, Manitoba 1925
Queensland University Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Samford University Homewood, Alabama 1841 4,933
Sheng-te Christian College Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Wake Forest, North Carolina 1950
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, Texas 1927 1,703
The King's College New York City, New York 1938 856
Tokyo Christian University Inzai, Chiba, Japan 1966
Tyndale University College and Seminary Toronto, Ontario 1894 1,361
Uganda Christian University Mukono, Uganda 1997 11,000
Universidad Evangélica Boliviana Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Universitas Pelita Harapan Banten, Indonesia 1994
University of Valley Forge Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 1939 1,130
Walla Walla University College Place, Washington 1892 1,940
Wycliffe Hall, Oxford Oxford, England 1877 150

See also


  1. ^ "Members and affiliates". 
  2. ^ a b "Members, Affiliates & the CCCU at a Glance". Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Council for Christian Colleges & Universities - President-Elect". Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Calvin College - Inner Compass - Television Interview Show". Calvin College. 
  7. ^ "CCCU Names First Woman as President Following Controversial Firing of Previous Leader". Christian Post. 
  8. ^ a b Goldie Blumenstyk (24 October 2013). "Christian-College Group Dismisses Its New President Without Explanation". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 
  9. ^ Jeremy Weber (22 October 2013). "After 'Careful Investigation,' Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Ousts President". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  10. ^ "- Board Of Directors". Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. 
  11. ^ "John Brown University - A Private Christian College". John Brown University. 
  12. ^ "Programs and Services". CCCU. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Best Semester". 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Member criteria". 
  17. ^ J.C. DERRICK (12 August 2015). "CCCU loses Union University". World Magazine. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  18. ^ J.C. Derrick (31 August 2015). "Second school leaves the CCCU". WORLD Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-06. “We believe in missional clarity and view the defense of the biblical definition of marriage as an issue of critical importance,” said Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. 
  19. ^ J.C. Derrick (21 September 2015). "EMU, Goshen voluntarily leave CCCU". WORLD. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  20. ^ U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, *with the exception of Canadian institutions.
  21. ^ Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and Universities of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  22. ^ Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Members
  23. ^ "Affiliate criteria". 

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