October: Christian Higher Education Month

Each October, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, of which George Fox University is a member, celebrates Christian Higher Education Month.

In commemoration, the CCCU in 2009 is highlighting the partnerships it is undertaking with organizations that have a strong presence on the organization's 111 campuses.

Following is a summary of what's planned.

Thursday, Oct. 1
The CCCU will partner with World Vision International for a day of prayer and joint action. World Vision is also taking this time to introduce the ACT Network, the second generation of the Acting on AIDS initiative.

Wednesday, Oct. 14
The CCCU will highlight its connections with the Teach for America program. Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of TFA, will speak at the CCCU's International Forum on Christian Higher Education — an event hosted every four years — and the CCCU is working with the organization in its efforts to grow roots in the faith-based community. The Forum is scheduled Feb. 23-26 in Atlanta.

Wednesday, Oct. 21
In honor of Campus Sustainability Day, the CCCU is taking the opportunity to highlight the various creation care and development efforts on campuses the past few years.

Wednesday, Oct. 28
The CCCU will send out a wrap-up release, with an emphasis on how the organization is incorporating these partnerships into the Forum.

History
When Christian Higher Education Month was introduced in October 1999, 95 members and 36 affiliates were brought together under the newly-named Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Bolstered by House Resolution 300, which declares October to be Christian Higher Education Month, the CCCU takes this time to celebrate the role of Christ-centered colleges in the history of America, as well as the personal and professional benefits of what campuses provide students.

Today, the association stands at 111 members and 70 affiliates, including representation from 24 nations. More than 400,000 students are enrolled in CCCU member and affiliate institutions, with more than 20,000 faculty and nearly 1.6 million alumni.

George Fox
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university.