|The Global Christian Higher Education project is a collaborative research program on international Christian higher education co-sponsored by IAPCHE, the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, and Baylor University. The research project has compiled a database which will feature information about Christian colleges and universities from all over the world. Specifically, information such as contact information, (address, phone, e-mail, and web address) as well as when the institution began, denominational affiliation, enrollment, courses of study, and language instruction. The data will also provide the basis for a future edited book on the state and growth of Christian higher education around the world. the following links will open a new window with the current data on each region. This site features a list of all Christian colleges and universities that are in the database as well as multiple ways to download the data. Please see explanation below as to what defines a Christian college or university. GCHE Research Surveys
The GCHE project also conducted research through online surveys. The survey was offered in English, Spanish and Russian. To view the survey, simply click the desired language below.
How are we defining “Christian Colleges and Universities?”
Since our project attempts to identify and list Christian colleges and universities around the world, we want to be clear about how we are defining each of the key terms.
We are excluding universities that merely recognize a historic connection to a church, denomination or Christianity (e.g., Oxford University and Harvard University). In addition, we are excluding colleges that are affiliated with a particular church or denomination but the identity or affiliation does not influence their mission (e.g., many of the universities listed on denominational association web sites). We label these colleges and universities church affiliated pluralist colleges and universities. Their primary characteristic is that they downplay Christian distinctive in order to accommodate pluralism. Thus, while many of these colleges may mention the goal of spiritual or ethical development, this development is disconnected from the Christian identity of the school. Admittedly, this results in some difficult borderline cases. Nonetheless, we sought to use some clear markers when making our decision. We asked the following questions:
1.0 Mission—Does the college acknowledge their Christian or confessional identity in the mission statement as more than a piece of history or “affiliation”?
2.0 Marketing–Is the Christian/denominational identity mentioned in the marketing to students, specifically the on-line viewbook?
3.0 Public Rhetoric–Does the president acknowledge the Christian or denominational identity in his or her web letter of introduction?
4.0 Are any Bible/Christian theology courses required?
5.0 Is Christian worship offered at protected times by the university?
6.0 Are the stated moral expectations of students different than a secular campus for specifically stated Christian reasons?
7.0 Are there any religious requirements for those in governance or on the faculty?
If we answered no to a college regarding a majority of these questions, we did not place it on our list.
We also exclude from this list state-funded universities that exist in nations with a state church that do not identify themselves primarily or equally as Christian institutions. For instance, state churches still exist in Denmark, England, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Norway, Scotland, and various cantons of Switzerland. Moreover, close links with particular churches exist in many other countries. Nonetheless, the Churches and Christian perspectives often play only a limited role in the university life of state universities in these countries. Moreover, universities in these countries identify themselves first and foremost as national institutions and not as Christian institutions (although they may sponsor a theology faculty linked to a particular church).
II. College or University
We did not include colleges within universities that only refer to disciplinary units (e.g., college of arts and sciences) or residential colleges within universities that do not offer courses but largely provide accommodation or noncurricular related activities (e.g., some of the colleges listed as Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion). However, we did include colleges that offer degree programs but the degree is offered in affiliation with a larger university. Certain colleges or university colleges in systems of education influenced by an English model of organization share this characteristic, especially in India. These colleges offer particular courses of study similar to liberal arts colleges in North America.