WASHINGTON – The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities recently awarded 11 mini-grants to business and economics faculty at CCCU member institutions. The mini-grants, offered through a $75,000 grant awarded to the CCCU by an anonymous foundation, will be used to enhance effectiveness in the teaching, scholarship, and practice of market economics.
This is the third round of Mini-Grants on Free Market Economics: Scholarship, Teaching, and Practice. Mini-grants were also awarded to CCCU faculty in 2008 and 2011.
The projects funded by the 2012 grants include a study of entrepreneurial youth groups in Kenya’s informal settlements and a manuscript intended for publication that examines the relationship between free market capitalism—as espoused in Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations—and the distinctive emphases of Wesleyan systematic theology. Other grant-funded projects will provide new course material for CCCU business and economics faculty.
The faculty members receiving mini-grants are from the following CCCU institutions: Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.; California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif.; Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich.; East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas; George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.; John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.; Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.; Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.; Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.; and Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.
“The CCCU is very pleased to be able to support faculty teaching and scholarship across a number of academic disciplines as faculty examine the connections between free market economics and political and economic development,” said Ron Mahurin, CCCU vice president for professional development & research. “These are important issues for scholars to explore, and Christian scholars have important contributions to make in this field of inquiry. We have confidence that these grant recipients will enrich the teaching, scholarship, and practice of free markets through the work they have committed themselves to accomplish over this coming academic year.” Grant recipients will be acknowledged during the 2012 Free Market Forum, slated for October 4-6 in Houston. A gathering of policymakers and scholars in economics, history, political science, and related disciplines, the Free Market Forum is directed by Hillsdale College in partnership with the Acton Institute and the CCCU. The 2012 forum will consider the topic “Markets, Government, and the Common Good” and will provide CCCU faculty with opportunities to engage with leading U.S. free market organizations.
For more details about the grant recipients and their projects, visit www.cccu.org/minigrants.
About the CCCU: The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of 185 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. The 116 member campuses in North America are all fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 69 affiliate campuses from 25 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council’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. Visit www.cccu.org.