Abilene's Faith-Based Colleges Set High Academic Standards

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On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 05:48

Abilene has a variety of colleges and universities to meet the needs of students.

Ranked as the 17th city in the nation for higher education in 2006, Abilene is home to several quality higher education institutions, including three religiously affiliated universities: Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University and Abilene Christian University.

For many at the graduate and under­graduate level, Abilene Christian University has set the standard for academic excellence in the area. Nationally ranked as the fifth-largest private university in the Southwest, ACU offers a broader education than most by emphasizing the importance of academic focus but also leadership and studying abroad – all accomplished with a strong commitment to faith.

“The 21st century needs a wider academic focus,” says Robert Heil, assistant vice president for enrollment marketing at ACU. “Few universities can accomplish excellent academic education coupled with a strong faith commitment. We are focused on what our graduates can accomplish.”

Once a year, the top business students in the College of Business Administration program meet in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a one-week short course called Leadership Summit. They attend lectures given by Fortune 500 company leaders and learn how to incorporate faith in the marketplace along with ways to balance work with having a family.

“This kind of faith integration is standard at our institution,” says Heil. “Every department incorporates a similar emphasis into their curriculum.”