Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

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The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is a higher education association of more than 185 Christian institutions around the world.

With campuses across the globe, including more than 150 in the U.S. and Canada and more than 30 from an additional 19 countries, CCCU institutions are accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. Most also have curricula rooted in the arts and sciences.

The institutions of the CCCU share three basic educational commitments:

First, we integrate biblical truth not just into "spiritual" aspects of the institution but throughout the academic enterprise. Our professors pursue academic excellence because they are committed to God as the author of truth, and that truth has implications for every academic discipline. The classroom and the laboratory are just as much arenas of Christian integration as the college chapel.

Second, we are committed to the moral and spiritual formation of students. Education that instructs the mind without deepening the soul is not true learning. Our schools seek to develop students who, in the words of the Old Testament prophet, "act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with their God" (Micah 6:8). This requires not simply professional competence but wisdom, which is a sense of things in their proper relationship and a love for the right things. Our purpose is to form students of moral commitment who live out Christian virtues such as love, courage, and humility. This task gives meaning and coherence to every part of the academy, from the classroom to the fine arts studio, from the internship placement to the residence hall and the athletic field.

Third, we are committed to graduating students who make a difference for the common good as redemptive voices in the world. Our schools offer a wide variety of academic programs because we believe that Christians are called to use their vocations as vehicles to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to a fallen world. Our graduates are "hopeful realists" who recognize the brokenness of the world but believe that God has called them to work for its healing. As such, they play a redemptive and restorative role in the world as doctors, teachers, marketers, engineers, parents, soccer coaches, and in a host of other ways. In other words, we are private religious institutions that exist for the public good and contribute to human flourishing.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
321 Eighth Street NE
Washington, DC 20002


Phone: 202-546-8713

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 521247182

CEO/President: Shirley V. Hoogstra

Chairman: Dan Boone, D.Min

Board size: 16


Ruling year: 1984

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


To fulfill our mission and meet the needs of our institutions, we provide unique services for administration, faculty, students, and friends of Christian higher education in three pillars of strategic focus:

Public Advocacy | As an effective and respected advocate for Christ-centered higher education both in the U.S. and around the world, we provide a unified voice to highlight the contributions of our institutions to the common good. We also advocate for the right of each CCCU institution to practice its sincerely held religious beliefs and to participate fully in the public square without penalty.

Professional Development & Scholarship | We host numerous conferences for administrators to develop their skills, build connections with peer leaders, and equip them in their work to provide a holistic Christ-centered educational experience for their students. We also invest in faculty development and scholarship through institutes and grants intended to help faculty excel in their scholarship and integrate faith into their discipline. Our leadership institutes also play a pivotal role in ensuring that the pipeline of leaders in Christian higher education is filled with a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates.

Experiential Education | CCCU GlobalEd is a collection of faith-integrated, off-campus study programs that foster intellectual, cultural, vocational, and spiritual growth. Our programs transform the way students experience the world and equip them to live out their Christian faith in today's global society. More than 13,000 students have benefited from our academically rigorous, Christ-centered experiential education programs for the past 40 years.

Mission statement

The CCCU's mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating649 of 111279 of 130
Fund acquisition rating536 of 111365 of 130
Resource allocation rating823 of 111397 of 130
Asset utilization rating458 of 111259 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,400,980$2,695,845$293,203$568,285$958,181
Short-term investments$2,553,893$1,942,796$1,435,713$1,637,203$1,672,466
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,644,931$10,206,962$5,865,201$4,951,338$4,942,598
Long-term investments$930,467$1,999,696$1,933,856$1,696,639$1,345,763
Fixed assets$4,314,009$4,461,599$6,120,338$6,189,848$6,352,464
Other long-term assets$45,824$105,476$58,716$246,970$239,184
Total long-term assets$5,290,300$6,566,771$8,112,910$8,133,457$7,937,411
Total assets$15,935,231$16,773,733$13,978,111$13,084,795$12,880,009
Payables and accrued expenses$501,391$415,504$327,138$656,086$398,701
Other current liabilities$950,064$794,170$1,107,254$1,551,855$1,841,711
Total current liabilities$1,451,455$1,209,674$1,434,392$2,207,941$2,240,412
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$500$710,797$737,106$142,525$136,825
Total long-term liabilities$2,912,857$3,893,269$3,858,378$3,438,971$3,425,667
Total liabilities$4,364,312$5,102,943$5,292,770$5,646,912$5,666,079
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$7,214,231$6,362,535$5,770,691$5,215,370$5,141,003
With donor restrictions$4,356,688$5,308,255$2,914,650$2,222,513$2,072,927
Net assets$11,570,919$11,670,790$8,685,341$7,437,883$7,213,930
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,401,073$3,697,329$2,319,382$1,791,455$1,228,181
Program service revenue$3,744,204$690,786$8,092,976$8,132,576$8,463,971
Membership dues$2,039,276$1,901,260$1,919,725$1,881,241$1,797,566
Investment income$456,949$1,155,289$52,609($2,221)$206,954
Other revenue$421,613$319,382$226,573$278,074$314,133
Total other revenue$6,662,042$4,066,717$10,291,883$10,289,670$10,782,624
Total revenue$9,063,115$7,764,046$12,611,265$12,081,125$12,010,805
Program services$6,851,738$3,878,138$9,416,573$10,131,948$9,778,749
Management and general$1,646,925$1,375,490$1,603,746$1,622,988$1,900,540
Total expenses$8,741,684$5,439,114$11,221,066$11,963,394$11,679,289
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$321,431$2,324,932$1,390,199$117,731$331,516
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$321,431$2,324,932$1,390,199$117,731$331,516


Shirley HoogstraPresident$361,339
Mandi BoltonSenior Vp, Chief Financial Officer$160,740
Casey LamarAssociate VP (thru 12/31/21)$114,520
Justin E GiboneyMember$1,500

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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The CCCU was founded more than 40 years ago with a purpose that was simple to state but lofty in ideal: Create a broad association of Christian colleges that would support promotion and leadership activities for member schools and provide a unifying voice for Christian higher education in the public square.

At the same time, the Council's founders launched the organization's first faith-integrated, semester-long experiential study program: the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. ASP's launch laid a foundation for future transformative and immersive global off-campus programs, now known as CCCU GlobalEd, which have educated and transformed the lives of more than 13,000 students through experiential education rooted in Scripture and the belief that faith can be integrated into all aspects of life in all locations around the world.

Since the CCCU was founded in 1976, we may have changed in size, in scope, in office location, and even in name, but we have always remained rooted in our mission: to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to our help our institutions transform the lives of students by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

Program accomplishments

185+ colleges and universities
520,000+ students enrolled globally annually
3,600,000+ alumni around the world
90,000 faculty & staff employed globally