Please forward this error screen to sharedip-160153634. This article needs additional citations for verification. Arizona Christian University is a private, non-profit Christian university apartment Bible PDF in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Founded in 1960 as Southwestern Conservative Baptist Bible College, Arizona Christian University is a regionally accredited, private, non-profit Christian liberal arts university in Phoenix, Arizona.
ACU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. During the HLC’s 2012 accreditation visit, ACU received its best report in the institution’s history, including reaccreditation for the maximum ten years as well as approval to offer three new majors. The university traces its roots to Ida Clouse, a Christian missionary and registered nurse who left the Midwest in 1917 and moved to Arizona under the Homestead Act where she opened the Clouse Ranch, which soon became a popular Christian retreat center. Since its founding in 1960, the university has undergone a number of name changes, including Southwestern College, until its name was finally changed to Arizona Christian University in January 2011 in recognition of its growth from a small Bible college to a Christian liberal arts university. The university was founded to prepare students for careers in vocational ministry and missions, offering degrees in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries.
In 1975 the university received approval to offer degrees in Education, and subsequently added degrees in Business Administration, Behavioral Health and Music. In 2010, Len Munsil assumed the presidency of Arizona Christian University. Munsil is a constitutional attorney and has a background in Christian non-profit and public policy work, and was the 2006 Republican nominee for governor of Arizona. During Munsil’s tenure, ACU enrollment has grown from around 400 to more than 800 students, and in 2017 achieved its fourth straight year of record enrollment.
In 2012, it graduated its largest class of more than 100 students at a commencement ceremony broadcast nationally on C-SPAN and featuring United States Senator Jon Kyl. Notable graduates of Arizona Christian University include Dr. Mark Bailey, President of Dallas Theological Seminary, who also began his teaching and academic administration career at then-Southwestern College. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the University celebrated its 50th anniversary and instituted the Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith. The honor is given annually to an individual who has courageously stood for his or her Christian faith and biblical truth in the public square. The award is named for Daniel, the Old Testament prophet. The first Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith was presented to President George W.