Professional Development & Research
The CCCU seeks to accomplish its research agenda through many means: by conducting large-scale research on the most pressing issues facing our members; by convening scholars from across the CCCU to form research teams to advance specific lines of inquiry; and by providing guidance to individual researchers desiring to pursue items listed on the CCCU Research Agenda.
The agenda’s research questions have been crafted broadly enough to enable scholars to engage from multiple vantage points using various approaches and methodologies. The agenda is not intended to be comprehensive or definitive – in time, it is expected that a number of the questions currently part of the agenda will be replaced by new ones as progress is made and as additional challenges arise – it seeks instead to articulate pressing issues presently facing Christian higher education and to provide direction for the Council’s research program.
Click here to download the CCCU Research Agenda, organized by topical area.
Blueprint for the Future
In July 2008, the CCCU Board of Directors approved the Blueprint for the Future, a document outlining a set of strategic goals grounded in the Council’s mission statement. One of the strategic goals presented in the Blueprint was to “develop and maintain a robust research agenda for Christ-centered higher education, encourage researchers from our campuses to undertake research projects on the agenda, and coordinate and support dissemination of research results.”
In November 2011, CCCU President Paul Corts convened a Research Roundtable to discuss future directions for the research work of the Council. The event, hosted by Azusa Pacific University, brought together a talented and experienced group of administrators and higher education scholars from across the Council, representing a diverse range of professional perspectives, denominational traditions, and geographic areas. Participants were asked to identify specific research questions whose answer, if known, would support the work of Christian higher education – from the day-to-day operations of individual campuses to the position of Christian colleges within the wider sector of American postsecondary education. The two-day gathering generated a tremendous amount of high-quality research questions designed to explore the present incarnations of perennial issues affecting Christian colleges and universities.
CCCU Board of Directors
A total of 36 research questions representing seven distinct yet related topical areas were selected to form a formal agenda. In January 2012, this agenda was presented to and endorsed by the Council’s Board of Directors, giving rise to the official CCCU Research Agenda.
To learn more about the CCCU Research Agenda, or to express interest in assisting the Council in its pursuit of the agenda’s research questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.