This semester has been a productive one for the academic division of Arizona Christian University.  Among its many accomplishments was the approval of a new liberal arts core curriculum.  The Liberal Arts Task Force met for the last two years doing research and engaging the faculty in the process of developing the new plan.   The committee’s work culminated in the approval of a curriculum that is aligned with the evangelical and conservative values of the university.  The proposed changes will not affect current students’ course of study.  Implementation of the new curriculum begins in the fall of 2014.

Another significant initiative was the submission of a request to the Higher Learning Commission to add psychology as a major at ACU.  In anticipation of adding this program, ACU has created a new full-time faculty position in the field of psychology.   Dr. Gayle Brosnan-Watters, who has been an adjunct professor at ACU, will now be teaching a full course load this spring.

In addition to these changes in the traditional academic programs on campus, ACU has made a major improvement in the Degree Completion Program.  The DCP is designed for working adults and has been offered at ACU for the past four years.  As of January 2014, the program will continue to offer a degree in Business Administration but will add Behavioral Studies as an option as well.  Students who register by January 15th will become part of the first cohort of students who will be able to complete their degrees with the same peer group in 20 months.  Anyone interested in finishing their bachelor’s degree in either of these majors may contact the director, Dr. Jim Ellis at [email protected].  The final day to register for the next spring cohort is January 20, 2014.

ACU continues to take steps forward in the refinement of the academic program.  The Lord has provided the university with the personnel and resources to move ahead on these and other strategic objectives.  Work will continue on the addition of new majors for the traditional and DC programs along with other initiatives outlined in the Academic Strategic Plan.