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ACU awarded CCCU STEM research grant

Abilene Christian University is one of nine recipients of a grant to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics research through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and its U.K. subsidiary, Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford.  Nine CCCU member institutions were selected to receive the grant, which will provide funding to advance scientific research and … Continued
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ACU receives accreditation for online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program

Abilene Christian University has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education for its online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree program. The M.M.F.T. degree is offered through ACU Online and is designed for graduate students who want the convenience and flexibility of an online program.  The COAMFTE accreditation … Continued

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ACU hires Frisco lieutenant Jason Ellis as police chief

Abilene Christian University hired Jason Ellis, a lieutenant with the Frisco, Texas, Police Department, as its new chief of police. Ellis will begin at ACU in July. “We were impressed with his leadership, innovative ideas, and how quickly he built a strong rapport with those he interacted with,” said Kevin Campbell, senior vice president for … Continued

Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley named ACU 2021 Teacher of the Year

One of her graduating students described her as “entertaining,” saying she “makes even the most boring lectures engaging,” and Rachel Riley, the 2021 Teacher of the Year at Abilene Christian University, found that particularly striking because she can relate. “I enjoy a good dose of humor in all things,” Riley said. “If it’s not fun, … Continued

Declaration Day 2021

ACU bests the competition in Declaration Days

In its first year participating, Abilene Christian University topped the list of colleges its size in the Declaration Days contest sponsored by Top of the World. More high school seniors declared ACU as their college choice during the month of April than any other school participating in the Top of the World competition, beating out … Continued

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ACU students take on front-line roles in fighting the pandemic

They aren’t history majors, but they may be history makers.  Whether studying nursing, biology, athletic training, or other similar fields, many Abilene Christian University students took historic steps to mitigate the effects of a pandemic – administering COVID-19 tests, processing specimens in a lab and even vaccinating their peers and the community to protect against … Continued

Graduating senior turns life challenges into confidence, compassion for others

Senior social work major Milka Weldemichile came to Abilene Christian University through ACU’s Bridge Program – designed to fill in the gaps between high school and college – but she’s already been crossing bridges in challenging transitions throughout her life. Now as she graduates with a degree in social work, she hopes to help build … Continued

Commencement 2020

ACU awards degrees in three outdoor ceremonies

Abilene Christian University awarded 1,206 degrees May 7-8 in three ceremonies in Wildcat Stadium. The Friday, May 7, ceremony at 8 p.m. included 360 master’s and 102 doctoral degrees. On Saturday, May 8, 744 bachelor’s degrees were presented in two ceremonies – 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Because the university did not conduct a December … Continued

ACU faculty honor 52 graduates as University Scholars

A group of top students from Abilene Christian University’s May 2021 and December 2020 graduating class were honored April 29 during the University Scholars awards ceremony in the University Church of Christ auditorium. Approximately 50 scholars are selected annually by the Faculty Senate based on nominations from the academic departments. Each department is invited to … Continued

Autumn Vaught

ACU student named Fulbright recipient for 2021-22

Abilene Christian University senior Autumn Vaught’s career plans involve cross-cultural teaching, so it’s fitting that she was studying abroad in Uruguay when she first discovered the prestigious Fulbright program, and she was teaching English at an Abilene high school when she learned she had been selected one of its next honorees. Vaught, a secondary education … Continued