ARCU

Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities

The Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities (ARCU) is at present an association of ten institutions in the Reformed and Presbyterian Christian tradition. These institutions seek to develop and refine the identity, worldview and educational practices grounded in that tradition. The Presidents and other administrators of the member institutions are committed to collaborate on projects that can nurture the collective Reformed Christian identity of these institutions and be of mutual benefit.

ARCU.org also provides resources for those exploring off-campus study opportunities and those seeking jobs at Reformed institutions. The Off-Campus Programs Page provides a listing of all the sponsored and endorsed programs at ARCU member institutions, along with links to the relevant webpages. The Job Postings Page offers a listing of job openings at the ARCU institutions. Please view the Job Postings page for detailed descriptions of job openings as well as contact information to apply for those jobs. Our goal is to provide a one-stop online resource where those exploring off-campus studies and those seeking jobs at Reformed institutions can easily browse these across all of the ARCU institutions.


News:

  • Symposium Rescheduled: Note that, contrary to an earlier announcement, the ARCU Symposium on the topic of “The College and The Church: Synergy and Symbiosis” will be held on January 26 and 27 in Washington DC in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of ARCU. More details will be made available on the “Symposium” page of this website.
  • Annual Meeting: When possible annual meetings are held immediately before (or after) the annual President’s Conference of the CCCU. Contrary to an earlier announcement, the next annual meeting is scheduled for January 26 and 27, 2016, at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC.
  • ARCU Lecturer for 2016-2017: The Executive Committee the appointment of Christopher Schlect, Fellow of History at New Saint Andrews College as ARCU Lecturer for the 2016/2017 academic year. More information is available on the Lectureship Page of this web site.
  • ARCU Lecturer for 2015-2016: As previously announced, Craig Mattson, Professor of Communication Arts, Chair of the Communication Arts Department, and Director of the Honors Program at Trinity Christian College will continue as ARCU lecturer for the 2015/2016 academic year. Contact information is available on the Lectureship Page of this web site.
  • New Saint Andrews College President Inauguration: Interim president Ben Merkle has been appointed president of New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. His inauguration will take place on August 14.
  • Trinity Christian College President: Mayor Kurt Dykstra of Holland, Michigan has been appointed president of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. He assumes office on July 1.
  • Institute for Christian Studies Inauguration: Interim President Doug Blomberg was inaugurated as president of the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Ontario, on May 8. The Executive Director and Immediate Past President of ARCU represented the colleague institutions.
  • Geneva College Transition: President Ken Smith of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, announced his departure from that position effective June 30 when he will become Dean of the McLane College of Business at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Dr. William J. Edgar has been appointed interim president during the search for a successor.
  • IAPCHE Transition: Mwenda Ntarangwi, executive director of the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education will leave that position on July 1 to become Vice President for Advancement and Communication with the Theological Book Network (TBN) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Global Summit: The fourth meeting of the Global Summit Network will be held on June 23- 25, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. Previous gatherings were held in Paris France, Oxford England, and Ede The Netherlands. The subsequent meeting is schedule for June of 2019 in Budapest Hungary.
  • National Affiliations: ARCU maintains membership in the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), Executives in Church Related Higher Education (ECHRE), and the Higher Education Secretariat of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). It also maintains a liaison relationship with Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC).

ARCU Institutions:

Membership Application: Institutions interested in exploring affiliation with ARCU should contact the Executive Director at Zylstra@reformedcolleges.org.

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Calvin College
Covenant College
Calvin College
Covenant College

Dordt College

 

Dordt College
Geneva College
Institute for Christian Studies
New Saint Andrews College
Redeemer University College
Providence Christian College
Redeemer University College
   
Trinity Christian College
 
Trinity Christian College
 

Off-Campus Programs of ARCU Members

To facilitate cross-institutional awareness and use of off-campus study programs, below is a list of those members who have sponsored and endorsed semester and summer study programs (with links provided). The programs of the AuSable Institute and of the CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities), which are endorsed by most of the members, are listed separately at the end.


Calvin College
Calvin College
Sponsored: See list of programs at Semester Programs

Study in Africa (Ghana)
Study in Britain at York St John University
Study in China
Study in France
Studies in Honduras (Development Studies & Spanish Studies)
Study in Hungary
Study in New Mexico at Rehoboth Christian School
Study in The Netherlands (Science & Mathematics emphasis)
Study in Peru
Study in Spain
Study in Washington DC

Endorsed: See list of endorsed programs at Non-Calvin Programs (includes AuSable & CCCU listed below)


Covenant College
Covenant College
Endorsed:  Covenant endorses the off-campus study programs of AuSable & CCCU (list and links below)

 

Dordt College
Dordt College
Sponsored: See list of programs at Semester Programs

Studies Program in Contemporary Europe (SPICE)
Studies Program in Nicaragua (SPIN)
Semester in Korea
Semester in Zambia

Endorsed: See list of endorsed programs at Other Semester Programs (includes AuSable & CCCU listed below)
Summer: See list of programs at Summer Off-Campus Programs

Central America: Language, Culture and Society (Summer)
Creation Care (Summer: Belize or New Zealand)
Dutch Culture and a Reformed Worldview (Summer)

 


Geneva College
Sponsored: See list of programs at Crossroads Programs

Semester in Rome
Semester in Scotland (Covenanter Theological Institute)

Endorsed: See list of endorsed programs at Crossroads Programs (includes AuSable & CCCU listed below)

 


The King's University College
Sponsored:  Specific projects are arranged through the Micah Centre

(Such as the Honduras Water Project, 2011)

Endorsed:  See list of endorsed programs at A Way to Learn (includes AuSable & CCCU listed below)

 

Redeemer University College
Redeemer University College
Sponsored:  See list of programs at Off-Campus Studies

Crandall-Oxford Studies Program
Redeemer in France Program

Endorsed: See list of endorsed programs at Off-Campus Studies (includes AuSable & CCCU listed below)

 

Trinity Christian College
Trinity Christian College
Sponsored:  See list of programs at All Programs

Chicago Semester
Semester in Ecuador
Semester in Nicaragua
Semester in Spain

Endorsed:  See list of endorsed programs at All Programs (includes AuSable & CCCU listed below)

 


AuSable Institute       
See list of programs at AuSable

January Term               (Various Global Sites)
Summer Session I       (Great Lakes)
Summer Session II      (Great Lakes)
Summer Session III    (Pacific Rim)

 


CCCU Semester Programs (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) 

See list of programs at Best Semester
American Studies Program (Washington DC)
Australian Studies Center
China Studies Program
Contemporary Music Center (Nashville)
India Studies Program
Latin American Studies Program
Los Angeles Film Studies Center
Middle East Studies Program
Oxford Summer Programme
Scholar’s Semester in Oxford
Semester in Ecuador
Semester in Nicaragua
Uganda Studies Program
Washington Journalism Center

 


For information about ARCU or the Lectureship, please contact Carl E. Zylstra, Executive Director zylstra@reformedcolleges.org

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