The CCCU maintains a unified collection of data to provide an overview of our institutions. This data will continue to grow in scope and distinction with the yearly addition of data and reports from the Collaborative Assessment Project (CAP). To request individual data with ranking against CCCU norms and that of other sectors, please complete the request form.
Additional research is housed by the CCCU’s U.K. subsidiary Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) and available here.
Annual Research Surveys
The CCCU conducts annual comprehensive surveys of both faculty and administration salary and benefits to give governing member institutions benchmarks for their institutional strategic planning.
All CCCU governing member institutions are invited each September to participate. Both regional and national results are sent to presidents by the end of December. This service is provided free of charge for governing member campuses. Due to the confidential nature of this survey, results are only available to participating presidents. The most recent survey was completed for 2017-18. If you need a copy of this survey, please request this directly from your president.
If you have any questions regarding the forms or reports, please contact Nita Stemmler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collection begins September 30, 2019. To prepare, download your Excel electronic survey form and definitions here:
This is the 33rd in an annual series of research reports conducted by the CCCU. The purpose of this study is to provide member colleges with comparative and longitudinal salary data.
The research has traditionally been based on information compiled for the AAUP, appearing in Academe each spring (for the current study, from March/April, 2017). For those U.S.-based members not represented in AAUP, the author used data surveyed by the CCCU. Due to changes in CCCU membership categories, only governing members are included in this survey; however, we have added a new appendix based on Carnegie Classifications that allow us to include collaborative partners and affiliate members.
The CCCU conducts an annual survey of president compensation packages on member campuses to give governing member institutions benchmarks for their institutional strategic planning.
All CCCU governing member institutions are invited each September to participate. Results are sent to the president by the end of December. This service is provided free of charge for governing members. Due to the confidential nature of this survey, results are only available to participating presidents. The most recent survey was completed for 2017-18. If you need a copy of this survey, please request this directly from your president.
If you have any questions regarding the forms or reports, please contact Nita Stemmler at email@example.com.
Collection begins September 30, 2018. To prepare, download your Excel electronic survey form here:
Each year, the CCCU collects retention and graduation rates about all U.S.-based CCCU member institutions in order to provide our members with a profile of retention and graduation statistics for the CCCU as a whole. No individual institutional information is posted; only the aggregate data is compiled for this survey.
For more information on this survey please contact the author, Nita Stemmler at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an annual survey of financial aid directors at CCCU institutions. Results of the survey are shared with participants in order to improve understanding of trends and best practices in the administration of financial aid at Christian colleges. The survey has been conducted annually since 1999 by personnel at Bethel University.
Questions? Please contact email@example.com.
This is the 33rd in an annual series of reports on tuition and fees at member institutions of the CCCU. The purpose of this study is to provide the CCCU membership with comparative, longitudinal data to assist institutions in their external benchmarking.
This report is based on data collected by the College Board (“Trends in College Pricing 2017”); their findings appeared in the November 2017 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. All 109 U.S. institutions listed on the CCCU website as “Governing Members” as of November 2017 have been included in this report. Next year’s survey will include all U.S.-based institutions. In preparation, we have included Collaborative Partners and Affiliate Member tuition figures for this year.
For more information on this survey, or for previous years, please contact the author, Nita Stemmler, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Higher Education Research Council
As Christian colleges and universities seek to meet the challenges of a changing cultural and political landscape, it is crucial that they are guided by sound research. Individually, many of the institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities perform regular and reliable internal research. As a collaborative association, however, Christian colleges and universities are missing an opportunity to benefit collectively from a coordinated and integrated approach to research. Moreover, CCCU institutions and the Council’s leadership in Washington, D.C. need more complete and empirical data with which to construct a compelling narrative about the benefits and value of Christian education. The Christian Higher Education Research Council is being established to meet those needs.
The Christian Higher Education Research Council will guide the CCCU and its institutions in conducting, interpreting, and disseminating research that fosters institutional improvement and supports an accurate and compelling narrative regarding Christian higher education in the U.S. Specifically, the Council will:
- Guide our institutions in the coordination, collection, and use of benchmarking data that will empower them in data-driven decision-making and improvement through our Collaborative Assessment Project (CAP).
- Serve as a steering committee connecting researchers on Christian higher education to topics of strategic interest to our members.
- Assist the CCCU in the interpretation and dissemination of data for both internal audiences (for institutional improvement) and external constituencies (to build a compelling narrative regarding the public narrative of Christian higher education).
The Council will consist of 6-8 members from key positions at CCCU institutions, all of whom have significant experience and expertise in Christian higher education research. Proposed members include:
- Laurie Schreiner, Chair of the Higher Education Department, Azusa Pacific University (Council chair)
- Burt Burleson, Dean of Spiritual Life, Baylor University
- Tom Dahlstrom, Director of Institutional Research, Eastern University
- Jessica Daniels, Associate Professor, Doctor of Leadership in Higher Education, Bethel University
- Kris Hansen-Kieffer, Vice Provost and Dean of Students, Messiah College
- Scott Moats, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Crown College
- Aida Ramos, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Student Success Coordinator, George Fox University
- Todd Ream, Professor of Higher Education, Taylor University
- Stan Rosenberg, Vice President for Research and Scholarship, CCCU
- Nita Stemmler, Program and Research Consultant, CCCU (CCCU liaison)
The Collaborative Assessment Project (CAP) orients CCCU members around a common set of campus assessments that help us provide empirical evidence that Christian higher education is indeed a significant and valuable enterprise. CAP’s common assessments provide sector norms for institutional benchmarking, while its cyclical nature empowers participating schools to examine their institutional effectiveness over time through longitudinal data analysis.
For more information, please visit the CAP website pages.
The Christian Higher Education Research Council functions as a steering committee connecting researchers on Christian higher education to topics of strategic interest to our members. Researchers who wish to collect new data from CCCU member or affiliate institutions or access archived CCCU data are expected to follow the guidelines outlined in the Policy for Approval of Research Requests and to complete the Request to Conduct Research form.
The Christian Higher Education Research Council functions as a steering committee connecting researchers on Christian higher education to topics of strategic interest to our members. Researchers who wish to collect new data from CCCU member or affiliate institutions or access archived CCCU data are expected to:
- Complete an online request form, available on the CCCU website. Requests will be considered by the Research Council on a rolling basis throughout the year.
- Sign an MOU that assures the Research Council of the ethical conduct of the research, the de-identification of all data before publication, and the researcher’s commitment to share the de-identified raw data and summary results of the study with the Research Council before publication.
Once a request for research approval is received by the Research Council Chair, the following process occurs:
- The Chair will review the request and assign a team of three members of the Research Council to make a recommendation to the full council.
- A rotating team of three Research Council members will review proposals, with each team consisting of (a) someone familiar with the methodology in the proposal, (b) someone familiar with the topic of the proposal, and (c) someone familiar with the proposed sample or audience (e.g., if Chief Academic Officers will be surveyed, a member familiar with the demands of CAOs will be on the team; if students will be surveyed, a member familiar with student issues will be on the team, etc.)
- The team will make a recommendation to the Chair for disposition of the request. The Chair will then email the recommendation to all Research Council members for a vote.
- If any member of the Research Council is an advisor, committee member, colleague, or supervisor of the researcher requesting approval, that member may speak into the recommendation and answer questions, but must recuse himself or herself from the voting process. If the vote is in person or on a conference call, the recused member will leave the room or the call before the vote is taken. If the vote is online, the recused member will not be included in the emails requesting a vote. If the Chair is the recused member, Rick Ostrander will facilitate the voting process.
- Upon a favorable vote to approve the study, the Chair will forward the approval to Rick Ostrander for CCCU Cabinet action within 10 business days or the next Cabinet meeting.
- Rick Ostrander will inform the researcher of the final decision in writing.
- Is the data collected going to benefit our individual member schools and will the data help the Research Council or the CCCU serve its members better?
- Is the topic related to one of the CCCU’s research priorities (see below)?
- Is the research design and sampling procedure appropriate and of high quality?
- How many requests have been already approved this year that will place a burden on a certain subpopulation? (e.g., limiting the number of surveys that go to students or to CAOs or Presidents)
- Is the researcher a faculty member or doctoral student at a CCCU member institution or affiliate? (Priority will be given to CCCU members and affiliates, but requests from non-members will be considered in light of the other criteria.)
Christian Higher Education Research Priorities:
- Comprehensive research on student success indicators.
- Gathering normative or benchmarking data on student outcomes within the CCCU.
- Research on faith development among undergraduates.
- Market research (what attracts prospective students to Christian higher education?)
- Research on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students by race/ethnicity and gender.
- Research on the recruitment and retention of historically underrepresented students in the CCCU.
- Research on factors and practices fostering a more diverse and inclusive campus climate.
- Gathering data to make a case for Christian higher education.
- Research on retention challenges (first-year programs, sophomore slump, transfers, etc.)
- Information on faith integration policies, practices, and assessment.
- Identifying and sharing “best practices” among the CCCU membership.
- Providing web-based collective research data on the CCCU for institutions to access as they wish.
Christian Higher Education is a peer-reviewed archival journal that features articles on developments being created and tested by those engaged in the study and practice of Christian higher education. Journal access is provided to CCCU institutions as a member benefit (free of charge). To access, please log in using your MyCCCU account.
Christian Scholar’s Review is a medium for communication among Christians called to the academic vocation. Its objective is the publication of peer-reviewed scholarship and research, within and across the disciplines, that advances the integration of faith and learning.
Economic Impact of Christian Higher Education
A 2018 study calculated the national economic impact of Christian higher education in the United States.
Academic Freedom and Christian Higher Education
Academic freedom is the right of the professor to a degree of freedom in teaching and research, subject to professional standards of competence, relevance, and respect. It is a foundational value of the academy. CCCU institutions share the academy’s deep commitment to academic freedom, and this document serves as a guide for CCCU administrators and professors regarding the common understanding and practices surrounding academic freedom.