ACU Announces First Fall Commencement

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce the addition of a second commencement ceremony for the 2015-2016 academic year on December 12, 2015. This Commencement Ceremony has been added at the conclusion of the fall semester to accommodate the increasing number of traditional and Degree Completion Program (DCP) students completing their degree programs at this time. This will be the first December commencement in the History of Arizona Christian University that was founded in 1960 as Southwestern Conservative Baptist Bible College. Since its founding, the university has made several transitions and has grown and developed into a non-denominational, private, accredited, non-profit Christian liberal arts university that seeks to transform culture with truth. The need for an additional commencement ceremony attests to the growth of the school and its desire to be adaptive to the needs of the students. Traditional and DCP students finishing their coursework in December will still have the opportunity to participate in the spring ceremony if they choose on May 14, 2016. Having the option of the additional commencement ceremony gives ACU graduates the flexibility they need to be competitive in today’s job market. The lessons they’ve learned at Arizona Christian University, either as traditional students or as adult students who have returned to finish their degree in the DCP, will be taken out into the world as they carry on the mission and “transform culture with...
ACU Announces Addition of Six New Clubs

ACU Announces Addition of Six New Clubs

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce the addition of six new clubs to our lineup of athletic, academic and music clubs, and other extracurricular activities. Officially set to begin in the fall of 2016, ACU will offer Debate, Acrobatics and Tumbling (women only), Bowling, Competitive Fitness, and Shotgun Sports. ACU will also be offering Cheer which is set to launch this coming fall. Offering these clubs will provide students with an opportunity to participate in a competitive activity without committing to a varsity program. Students will be able to compete against other intercollegiate clubs in the region. “We are excited about adding these extra-curricular club activities,” said ACU Athletic Director Jeff Rutter. “Alongside our intercollegiate sports, academic clubs, and extracurricular music programs, these clubs will provide an opportunity for a wide range of students to get involved and connected as well as represent Arizona Christian University.” Not only will students have the opportunity to represent ACU through competition, they will also have the chance to develop friendships and be part of a community with their peers through the clubs. These opportunities will help enhance a student’s collegiate experience and provide  for a well-rounded education through physical, social, leadership, and spiritual development. For more information about these exciting club opportunities, contact Chris Tolson [email protected] or call...
ACU Announces Academic Partnership with Arizona State University

ACU Announces Academic Partnership with Arizona State University

Arizona Christian University is pleased to announce a new partnership with Arizona State University to expand our academic offerings. The program allows students to take courses at ACU, then transfer and apply into ASU’s biology program. The partnership will allow ACU students to take their first two years of classes at ACU, earning an associate’s degree from ACU and completing lower-level general studies requirements for ASU. The student can either stay at ACU to finish their bachelor’s degree in biology, or transfer to ASU, if they desire coursework in more specialized areas of biology such as forensics, ecology, genetics, or environmental science. Students who complete the partnership program will seamlessly transfer to ASU and be recognized as third-year students, without the loss of time or credit. The new program takes advantage of the strengths offered by both universities.  The partnership is an example of how a smaller university can still provide its students with the educational opportunities offered by a major research university.  Paul Kremer, Provost at ACU, is enthusiastic about the new partnership and what it offers for students. “Our faculty and staff have worked hard on this new expansion of ACU’s biology program. Students who want a private Christ-centered education can still have this experience while also having the option to pursue a specialized concentration in Biology,” said Kremer. The new partnership reflects ACU’s commitment to offering a Christian education to more students while encouraging them to pursue their academic options and ASU’s commitment to expanding opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary scholarship and research. Mark Searle, Provost at ASU, believes the program creates another opportunity for...
ACU Announces New East Valley Location for Degree Completion Program

ACU Announces New East Valley Location for Degree Completion Program

Arizona Christian University (ACU) is committed to helping adult students successfully complete their college degrees to seek a promotion at work, retool for new employment or finish an unrealized dream, and now the Degree Completion Program’s (DCP) 20-month, one night a week format is being offered in the East Valley! Beginning this fall, ACU will be offering two locations for adult students who want to finish their Bachelor’s Degrees. In addition to the DCP courses that are being offered on ACU’s main campus, ACU’s new site in the East Valley gives even more accessibility to working adults. Both locations offer the same accredited bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Health, Business Administration, or Christian Ministries. Classes in the DCP are offered in the evening, allowing students to work toward a degree even if employed full time.* Students are able to graduate in as little as 20 months by attending class only one night a week. With the new option of taking these courses in the East Valley, more residents in the Phoenix Metro Area can take advantage of the collaborative Christian community ACU offers to working adults If you are interested in going back to school and pursuing a degree in Behavioral Health, Business Administration or Christian Ministries, contact the DCP Staff at [email protected] or 602-386-4183. You can also visit dcp.arizonachristian.edu to find out more information and apply online. If you live in the East Valley – these incredible options are now within reach! ACU East classes will be held in Chandler, just south of the loop 202 on Gilbert Road at The Grove Church, 2777 S. Gilbert Rd. *Pending HLC...
ACU Professors to Present at Education Conference in Atlanta

ACU Professors to Present at Education Conference in Atlanta

At Arizona Christian University, professors strive to make their courses both rigorous and engaging – and students love the results! Dr. Linnea Lyding and Laurie Johnson of ACU’s Education Department have trained the ACU faculty in the art of pairing high quality content with active and collaborative strategies. As a result, the typical classroom experience at ACU is anything but ordinary. These professors not only know their content but are exciting teachers as well. Always interested in learning and sharing new ideas, Dr. Lyding and Mrs. Johnson recently were selected from over 400 applicants to present at The Teaching Professor conference on May 30th in Atlanta, Georgia.  The conference is entitled “Educate, Engage, and Inspire.” Dr. Lyding and Mrs. Johnson look forward to carrying the name of Arizona Christian University across the country and hope to bring back even more innovative strategies for the professors at...
Andrew W. Pitts New Testament Scholarship Recipient

Andrew W. Pitts New Testament Scholarship Recipient

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship has been awarded to Andrew W. Pitts (Chair, Biblical Studies Department and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Arizona Christian University) for his paper entitled, “The Genre of the Third Gospel and Greco-Roman Historiography: A Reconsideration.” Andrew, a member of SBL since 2005, received his Ph.D. from McMaster Divinity College in 2014. He serves as an editor for Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context (Brill, 2013-present), an ongoing series of edited volumes devoted to advancing understanding of Christian origins. The goal of the Achtemeier Award is to stimulate the finest and most penetrating work in New Testament studies and to foster the future of biblical scholarship. To that end, the award is given to a member who has completed her/his doctorate within the last ten years. There is a cash award of $1,000. Papers for this award are evaluated on the basis of three categories: • persuasive thesis that engages the New Testament and demonstrates quality of scholarship and significance in the field, • clarity of expression and thought, and • originality and creativity. The 2015 Achtemeier Award Committee consisted of Warren Carter (Brite Divinity School), and Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale Divinity School), and Laurence L. Welborn (Fordham...
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