The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is an international association of Christian institutions of higher education working 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." Founded in 1976 with 38 member colleges or universities, the Council has grown to 121 members in North America and 60 affiliate institutions in 19 countries.
The CCCU is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization headquartered in the historic district of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It houses offices for the president, campus programs, communications, professional development, and finance and administration as well as a telecommunications conference center, guest suite and fitness center. Offices for the CCCU's Best Semester student programs staff and the facilities for the CCCU's American Studies Program and Washington Journalism Center are in adjacent buildings. The Council also owns facilities in Oxford, England, for its Oxford student programmes and San Jose, Costa Rica, for its Latin American Studies Program. The CCCU leases spaces for the remaining Best Semester student programs around the world (see below). In 1989, the Council purchased the townhouse adjacent to The Dellenback Center for guest housing in its Capitol Hill location. In 1999, the Council purchased and renovated an existing townhouse to use as its main headquarters. The original two-story townhouse was constructed in the 1850s and is one of the few remaining wooden clapboard structures on Capitol Hill. It is within walking distance to Union Station, the Capitol and the Washington Mall.
In September 2014, Shirley V. Hoogstra, J.D., was named the Council's seventh president. Before that, she was the vice president for student life at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after having served for four years on Calvin’s Board of Trustees. While at Calvin, Hoogstra also served as a cabinet member who became familiar with team building, campus-wide planning and communications. She was also the co-host of Inner Compass, a nationally televised show on PBS. She has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles for CCCU institutes and commissions, and is the Council's first female president. The previous president, Edward O. Blews Jr., served from January 1, 2013, to October 22, 2013. William P. Robinson, former president of Whitworth University, was named the interim president  before Hoogstra was appointed. The Council's 14-member board of directors is composed of current member presidents, past presidents and friends of the CCCU mission. The current chair is Dr. Charles "Chip" W. Pollard, president of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AK.
With a $13 million budget, 65 employees and hundreds of volunteer leaders, the CCCU provides more than 100 programs and services to fulfill the Council's mission and to meet the needs of Christ-centered colleges and universities. These include student global education opportunities, and many professional development opportunities for its members throughout the year, such as annual gatherings for its college and university presidents, and annual conferences for member Chief Institutional Development Officers; Communication, Marketing and Media Officers; Chief Enrollment Officers; Chief Financial Officers; Campus Ministry Directions, and other leadership development programs. Other member services include webinars, grant-making opportunities for scholarship and research, discipline specific forums, networking communities, a tuition waver exchange program, and an online career center. Members also receive access to the Council's biannual magazine called CCCU ADVANCE, as well as regular news updates, website resources on scholarship, and information related to Christian higher education policy and issues.
For full membership in the CCCU (see affiliate requirements below), each institution must:
"Be located in North America."
"Offer comprehensive undergraduate curricula rooted in the arts and sciences."
"Have a public, board-approved institutional mission or purpose statement that is Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith."
"Curricular and extra-curricular programs reflect the integration of scholarship, biblical faith and service."
"Hire as full-time faculty members and administrators only persons who profess faith in Jesus Christ."
"Have been, are now, and will continue to be supportive of other Christian colleges."
"Have a commitment to advance the cause of Christian higher education through active participation in the programs of the Council."
"Demonstrate responsible financial operations."
"Have institutional practices which reflect high ethical standards."
"Conduct fund raising activities in a manner consistent with the standards of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability."
The CCCU administers a number of student study programs around the world through its Best Semester programs. More than 700 students take part in these Council-approved, academic programs each year. Students of CCCU member institutions have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs that include course work, field experiences, cross cultural events and internships in Australia, China, Latin America, the Middle East, Oxford, England, Russia, and Uganda. There is also a public affairs program and a journalism program in Washington, D.C., a contemporary music program in Nashville, and a film studies program in Los Angeles. Alumni of global education programs gain valuable personal and professional experience in shaping the future.
John R. Dellenback Global Leadership Award:The John R. Dellenback Global Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to Christian higher education through scholarship, writing and public influence.
2013 Os Guiness
2011 Miroslav Volf
2010 Robert & Alice Evans
2006 Alister McGrath
Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award: The Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated uncommon leadership that reflects the values of Christian higher education. The award was established in 1997 in honor of Senator Hatfield, a longtime supporter of the Council.
2015 William P. Robinson
2013 Congressman Tim Walberg
2012 Nicholas Thomas Wright
2011 George Marsden
2010 John M. Perkins
2009 James I. Packer
2008 Vonette Bright
2007 Ambassador Tony Hall
2006 Rick and Kay Warren
2005 Ted W. Engstrom
2004 Benjamin S. Carson
2003 Harold L. Myra & Paul D. Robbins
2002 Gloria Gaither
2001 Charles Colson, Millard & Linda Fuller
2000 Carl F. H. Henry
1999 Billy Graham
1998 Arthur Holmes
1997 Mark O. Hatfield
Racial Harmony Award:The Robert and Susan Andringa Award for Advancing Racial Harmony celebrates the achievements of CCCU campuses in making progress in the areas of diversity, racial harmony and reconciliation.
2013 Warner Pacific College
2012 Huntington University
2011 Azusa Pacific University
2010 North Park University
2009 Bethel University
2008 Whitworth University
2007 Biola University
2006 Abilene Christian University & Trinity International University
2005 Gordon College
2004 Belhaven University
2003 Spring Arbor University
2002 Campbellville University & Oral Roberts University
2001 Calvin College & Nyack College
2000 Goshen College
Philanthropy Award: The CCCU Philanthropy Award is presented to individuals who have made significant philanthropic contributions to the work of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and its membership.
2012 The Green Family
2010 CIOS Foundation
2007 Walter & Darlene Hansen
2006 John Templeton Foundation
2005 The Mustard Seed Foundation
2004 Roberta Green Ahmanson
2003 Russell G. Mawby
2002 Ava Memmen
2001 John & Louise Bennett Memorial Foundation
2000 M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
1999 Merillat Foundation
The Dana Walling Award: Excellence in Campus Ministry: The award was established by the CCCU in 2003 to honor Dana Walling, former vice president for spiritual development at Point Loma Nazarene University (CA) and member of the Council's Commission for Campus Ministry Directors. Walling died of cancer June 5, 2000. In his namesake, the Commission chooses a campus pastor each year who models consistent, thoughtful, biblical campus pastoral work.
2012 Randy Heckert
2011 Sylvia Cortez
2010 Gene Schandorff
2009 Lori Gaffner
2008 Barbara DeWald
2007 Bill Fisher
2005 Steve Kellough
2004 Keith Anderson & Rob Rhea 
By the end of 2014, the CCCU's 60 affiliates in 19 countries included: "institutions which do not fully meet member curriculum or hiring criteria," "institutions which are not primarily four-year undergraduate colleges," and "institutions outside North America."