As the official higher education partner of the Texas Rangers, Abilene Christian University wants to help fans celebrate the start of the World Series with free video content from RangersU highlighting the storied history of Rangers baseball.
In 2022, ACU launched an educational partnership with the Texas Rangers called RangersU powered by ACU, which offers online academic courses for players, coaches and staff interested in enhancing their leadership development, professional skills and knowledge of all things baseball. In the summer of 2023, RangersU extended its reach by offering academic content from these player pathways to the general public through RangersU Public Courses.
In honor of the Texas Rangers’ appearance in the World Series, ACU is sharing this brief history of the organization with Rangers fans everywhere. This engaging 20-minute video, led by John Blake, executive vice president of public affairs for the Rangers, is part of the Baseball History and Culture course ACU developed for the Rangers earlier this year. Blake has spent a career in major league baseball and was recently inducted in Rangers Hall of Fame.
“The Texas Rangers have always upheld a legacy of striving for success, and we are thrilled to see them excel in all areas of their organization,” said Dr. Stephen Johnson, chief executive officer for ACU Dallas. “Our educational partnership with the Rangers is flourishing, alongside our growing initiatives like RangersU, and we want to help share the fun, excitement and history of this great ball club.”
RangersU includes courses taught by ACU faculty members, MLB experts and former Texas Rangers players, with four fully online seven-week Player Pathway blocks designed to guide players through the courses as well as assist them in continuing their education and making the most of their time at the Rangers – both on and off the field. Each Player Pathway block consists of exclusive and accredited courses — Leadership Development, Mental Performance, History of Baseball, Multicultural Communication, Teams & Team Leadership, Human Performance, Introduction to Public Speaking, and Decision Making in Organizations — that players can complete at their own pace alongside their teammates, without interfering with their commitments, training or regular season calendar. Learn more at acu.edu/rangersu.
About RangersU Public Courses
In the summer of 2023, courses like Baseball History and Culture and Leadership Development were offered for only $95 for non-credit continuing education, or participants could elect to receive three hours of academic credit by submitting a learning portfolio and a $300 assessment fee.
ACU’s online programs are administered through its branch location in Dallas and include 15 bachelor’s degrees, 16 master’s degrees, four doctoral programs, two undergraduate certificate programs, and nine graduate certificate programs. Learn more about ACU’s Sports, Leadership and Learning division at acu.edu/sportsed.