Research

Overview

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.  (Please note that research request results will be based on availability)

Additional research is housed by the CCCU’s U.K. subsidiary Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) and available here.

 

Publicly Available Data

2021: State of STEM

2021: Campus Diversity Statistics

2021: Campus Responses to COVID-19

2021: Economic Impact of Private, Nonprofit Higher Education (NAICU)

2020: The Case for Christian Higher Education

2019: Alumni Survey

2018: Economic Impact of Christian Higher Education 

2018: The Case for Christian Higher Education

2018: Student Satisfaction

2017: Student Engagement

2016: Student Satisfaction

2016: Faculty Salary Trends

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 members and collaborative partner institutions are invited each July to participate. Both regional and national results are sent to presidents by the end of December. This service is provided free of charge for North American campuses. Due to the confidential nature of this survey, results are only available to participating presidents. The most recent survey was completed for 2020-21.

There are circumstances when mean data is made available. Please contact Nita Stemmler to request such data.

If you have any questions regarding the forms or reports, please contact Nita Stemmler at nstemmler@cccu.org.

This is the 34th 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, 2018).  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.

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2017-18

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2016-17

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2015-16

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2014-15

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2013-14

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2012-13

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2011-12

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2010-11

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2009-10

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2008-09

CCCU Faculty Salary Survey 2007-08

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 July to participate. Results are sent to the president by the end of September. 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 2020-21.

If you have any questions regarding the forms or reports, please contact Nita Stemmler at nstemmler@cccu.org.

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 the most recent data, please contact Nita Stemmler at nstemmler@cccu.org

CCCU Retention and Graduation Rates Survey 2006-2016

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 dc-nelson@bethel.edu.

Affordability & Institutional Financial Health 2019

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 nstemmler@cccu.org

CCCU Tuition Survey 2017-18

CCCU Tuition Survey 2016-17

CCCU Tuition Survey 2015-16

CCCU Tuition Survey 2014-15

CCCU Tuition Survey 2013-14

CCCU Tuition Survey 2012-13

 CCCU Tuition Survey 2011-12

CCCU Tuition Survey 2010-11

CCCU Tuition Survey 2009-10

CCCU Tuition Survey 2008-09

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:

    1. 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).
    2. Serve as a steering committee connecting researchers on Christian higher education to topics of strategic interest to our members.
    3. 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.

Journal Access

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.

Journal Login Article Submissions Dissertation List

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.

Christian Scholar’s Review

 

Research on STEM and Diversity Across the CCCU

Staff of Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford, the CCCU’s UK subsidiary, and affiliated researchers have been conducting research on the status of STEM programs, STEM student enrolment, and gender and racial diversity in STEM among both students and faculty members at CCCU member institutions. They have also been investigating the challenges facing underrepresented faculty members in STEM.

 

STEM Research

The CCCU and Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), the CCCU’s UK subsidiary, have received a $2.1 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, with a further $256,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, to launch Supporting Structures: Innovative Collaborations to Enhance STEM Research at CCCU Member Institutions, a project designed to support and enhance STEM research among faculty and students on CCCU campuses.

This multi-faceted project will incorporate training, support, and events for faculty members, students, senior administrators, and the communities that feed into and support these institutions. It will expand research opportunities among existing, pre-tenure faculty members in the STEM fields and offer training to deepen their understanding of and engagement with issues pertaining to science, religion, and society. Additionally, the project has a specific fund dedicated to help participating campuses enhance diversity among their STEM faculty.

 

Economic Impact of Christian Higher Education

A 2018 study calculated the national economic impact of Christian higher education in the United States.

 

Networking Grants for Christian Scholars

Networking Grants for Christian Scholars were created to encourage collaborative scholarship among faculty serving at our institutions and to connect these faculty with broader networks of scholars and professionals. The program’s goal is to create and disseminate high-quality scholarship that brings Christian voices into contemporary academic conversations.

 

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.