Concordia University Chicago has been named a member of an expansive network of more than 180 Christian institutions worldwide, joining the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).

The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. The organization provides unique services to Christian higher education in three pillars of strategic focus: public advocacy, professional development and scholarship, and experiential education.

As a member of the CCCU, Concordia-Chicago will be among an exclusive network of like-minded, mission-driven, academically excellent Christian colleges and universities around the world. The University will have access to CCCU-sponsored professional development conferences for a wide variety of peer groups, as well as specialized development institutes for new faculty members and emerging campus leaders.

“Concordia University Chicago is excited to join a broad network of peer institutions that share our strong dedication to providing students with transformative, Christ-centered educational experiences,” says Dr. Russell Dawn, president of Concordia-Chicago.

“We look forward to working together—with a common purpose—to innovate and set success benchmarks while we continue to make the case for our meaningful work in the public sphere. As we navigate the political and cultural challenges of the contemporary world, the CCCU’s community of mutual support will ensure that we are able to share the Gospel faithfully in our service to students and the wider world.”

The CCCU Board of Directors approved Concordia-Chicago as a new member at its January 2021 meeting, in addition to Northrise University (Ndola, Zambia), Tunghai University (Taichung City, Taiwan) and Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, TX). For a full list of CCCU institutions, visit