The growing demand for faith-based online graduate programs has prompted Abilene Christian University (ACU), a national leader in Christian higher education, to bring a campus and expanded degree offerings to North Texas. The new location will provide a broad group of adult, non-traditional students and the university's sizable alumni base in DFW with convenient access to high-quality graduate degrees such as a new doctorate (Ed.D.) in organizational leadership and an MBA.
After an extensive search, ACU leaders have leased 25,000 square feet at One Hanover Park, 16633 N. Dallas Parkway in Addison. The new location is highly visible from the North Dallas Tollway and centrally located for students throughout the Metroplex. ACU Dallas will be the first and only university in Addison.
“We are excited to be expanding our presence in the Metroplex and so appreciative of the enthusiasm we already are receiving from students in the region," said ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “By offering ACU's distinctive brand of Christian higher education, we will fill an important need in the marketplace and become a real asset to the community.”
The new campus will provide a home base for an expanded selection of online degrees but also allow for evening, weekend and short courses to be taught on site. Leaders of the ACU Dallas campus will be vice president for academic affairs Dr. Stephen Johnson and executive vice president Jay Goin.
Since 2013, Abilene Christian has had a presence in the Metroplex through an award-winning partnership with nonprofit CitySquare. ACU at CitySquare on North Akard Street in downtown Dallas will continue to offer unique opportunities for undergraduate students who study and serve alongside CitySquare staff to help fight poverty in an urban setting.
Online classes have already started for several graduate degree programs and the ACU Dallas location will open this fall. For more information, go to acu.edu/grad.