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April Haley

Student Spotlight: April Haley

ACU alumni April Haley returned to school to not only further her own career, but to serve others on a deeper level as they navigate life’s challenges. After years as a stay-at-home mom, April enrolled in ACU Online’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program where she found the support she needed to pursue her … Continued

Why Should You Get a Master of Education in Higher Education?

The last two years have been a watershed moment for higher education. Mounting demographic changes, a staggering worldwide pandemic, and uncertain institutional responses to these realities have produced an unparalleled volatile situation for contemporary higher education. Individuals and institutions who want to navigate these choppy waters need nerve, grit, and a pioneering sensibility. Luckily, ACU … Continued

Nancy Kucinski

Faculty Spotlight: Nancy Kucinski

Dr. Nancy Kucinski might be the definition of homegrown talent. Not only is she an Abilene native, but she comes from a family of professors instilling in her a calling to Christian Higher Education. “My father was a professor when I was born and I essentially grew up on a small university campus. Plus, both … Continued

The Mental Health Crisis: What’s Going On and What Can We Do

The statistics are startling. Between 2007 and 2019, adolescents reporting a major depressive episode increased 60 percent. Tragically, during a similar time frame, the suicide death rate among 10–24 year olds increased 56 percent. This issue isn’t confined to young people. In 2020, anxiety and depression increased globally by 25 percent. Depression and anxiety rates … Continued

Patrick

Student Spotlight: Patrick Dupont

Guidance and mentorship play a pivotal role in student success. This proved true for ACU alumni Patrick Dupont as he saw the demand for strong leaders to teach the next generation of healthcare professionals. With the help of ACU Online’s Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.) program, Patrick was able to form the skills … Continued

What’s a B.S. in Christian Service and Formation?

Our culture is becoming more complex, more digital, and more interconnected. At ACU, we’re training men and women in Christian ministry and theology who proclaim the Gospel and pursue the mission of Christ as compassionate, biblically-grounded intercultural leaders and ministry innovators. To prepare you for this high calling, ACU Online offers a Bachelor of Science … Continued

ACU signs innovative partnership agreement with MLB’s Texas Rangers

Abilene Christian University is now an official higher education partner of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and will be providing customized academic learning opportunities for players and staff through ACU Online. In addition to the traditional benefits of a sponsored partnership, the Rangers approached ACU with ideas for a more in-depth collaboration. After discussions and … Continued

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ben Ries

“To be formed vocationally and live in our vocational identity is primarily a task of learning how to pay better attention,” said Dr. Ben Ries, associate dean for vocational formation at ACU Online. Vocational formation is about paying attention—but sometimes it seems like the entire world is conspiring to distract and prevent anybody from paying … Continued

Telemedicine: The Future Of Healthcare

Out of all the massive changes produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the global telecommunications boom stands as one of the most significant. An International Finance Corporation survey noted: “The COVID-19 pandemic—perhaps more than any other event in human history—has demonstrated the critical importance that telecommunications infrastructure plays in keeping businesses, governments, and societies connected and … Continued