Welcome to ACSI Higher Education
Institutions of Christian higher education have a crucial role in training future leaders, educators, and workers for service worldwide. They commendably fill this role and continue to meet the critical need for well-trained, biblically sound teachers, administrators, leaders, and others.
As colleges and universities seek to be effective in preparing young hearts and minds for their vocations, ACSI desires to assist in that process and partner with higher education institutions worldwide. ACSI membership offers Christian colleges and universities
the opportunity to engage their EE–12 colleagues in a variety of settings. ACSI member colleges cooperate in the Distinguished Christian High School Student Program and the Higher Education Accreditation Program.
Higher Education Accreditation Program (HEAP)
The Higher Education Accreditation Program (HEAP) is offered to currently accredited ACSI member Christian liberal arts colleges, universities, and Bible colleges. Colleges and universities seeking to participate in the program must give evidence of a commitment to preparing teachers and administrators to serve in Christian schools and must show they are encouraging their graduates to prayerfully consider serving in Christian schools around the world.
ACSI Announces New Senior Vice President for Global Business Development
Colorado Springs, Colo.– The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kurt Unruh as the new Senior Vice President for Global Business Development.
In alignment with ACSI’s “Three Pillar” strategic plan, Unruh’s primary responsibilities will be to develop initiatives that expand the organization’s programs, products, and services to ensure greater economic growth for the continued funding of its mission.
In addition, he will oversee the connectedness of vision, global strategy, IT platforms, and effective synergies across all ACSI offices and partnerships to enhance overall impact.
He began his role Aug. 2, 2021.Unruh joins ACSI with more than 15 years of experience in Christian education. He founded Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado in 2006, and has since grown enrollment to more than 1,000 students. Unruh also led the school in earning ACSI exemplary accreditation— a higher, more rigorous tier of accreditation.
ACSI President Dr. Larry Taylor believes Unruh will greatly contribute to the global mission of ACSI.
“Kurt Unruh is one of the most respected servant leaders in the country, and Valor is considered one of the top Christian schools,” he shared. “He has a vision to increase access to Kingdom education around the world.”
Before his time at Valor, Unruh served as an attorney in private practice focusing on business startups and charitable organizations.
Unruh looks forward to assuming his new duties.
“My vision for this role is that ACSI’s business development opportunities, new initiatives and strategic advancements would meet the moment of our movement,” Unruh said. “The Christian school movement is growing in connectiveness, and I look forward to helping provide more resources to strengthen its mission around the globe.”
Taylor believes this position will benefit Christian schools worldwide.
“ACSI has never had a position like this nor a person with Kurt’s skills and gifts,” he said. “This is a big day for ACSI but more importantly, for Christian education.”
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI advances excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing vital support functions for Christian schools through multiple services including teacher and administrator certification, school accreditation, legal/legislative assistance, and curriculum publishing. Serving more than 23,000 schools in 100 countries, ACSI helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education.