Higher Education

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 and Grand Canyon University Host Inaugural International Christian STEM Competition

Apr 19, 2022, 09:01 AM by Caitlyn Harding

Phoenix, Ariz., April 19, 2022 – Christian students from five states will converge in Phoenix, Ariz., Saturday, April 23 for the inaugural Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) International Christian STEM Competition (ICSC), taking place at Grand Canyon University (GCU).

The competition, which will allow Christian students in grades 7-12 to compete in five different STEM challenges, is made possible through a partnership between ACSI and GCU.

ACSI Assistant Vice President of Student Services David Ray believes this offering is timely for today’s students.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this type of competition to our member school students,” he said. “The divisional competitions and the International Christian STEM Competition allow them to explore the areas of science, technology, engineering and math through a biblical worldview lens.”

The ICSC was preceded by eight divisional competitions held around the world. Divisional competition winners will compete in five challenges at the ICSC, including Aerospace Glider, Cybersecurity, Capture the Flag, IT Coding, Mechanical Slingshot and Robotics.

Corinne Araza, Director of K12 STEM Outreach, a division of the K12 Educational Development at GCU, looks forward to hosting the competition.

“We believe that enabling students to pursue their passions and to really explore the unique ways God has gifted them is important,” she shared. “We want to embrace the Proverbs 22:6 Scripture—to ‘train them up in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.’”

The partnership between ACSI and GCU also offers member schools free STEM webinars. Topics range from how to start a STEM program to employing technology tools for collaboration.

Ray shared that this competition is reflective of ACSI’s commitment to excellence.

“We’re so glad to offer these competitions to our students,” he said. “ACSI is partnering with our Christian schools to ensure students have ample opportunities to build and refine their skillsets, so they can be Christ’s hands and feet in today’s culture.”

To learn more about the ACSI STEM webinars, visit the website or contact ACSI Care Team by calling (800) 367-0798 or emailing careteam@acsi.org. To learn more about GCU, visit the website.

About ACSI: 

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. ACSI supports more than 5,000 member schools throughout the United States and around the world, which collectively serve approximately 1.2 million students. Through additional training programs, materials, and expertise provided to other educational groups worldwide, ACSI’s overall influence and positive impact reaches more than 26,000 schools operating in 100 countries, together serving 5.5 million people.

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