A Letter to Our Students

Dear CCU Student,

We hope this letter finds you well! You may have heard by now that CCU has made the difficult decision to cease offering accredited degree programs following the Fall 2019 semester. Students enrolled in the CALL program will be able to finish any classes that are already scheduled to end in January 2020.

In preparing for this closure, we have reached out to over a dozen accredited institutions that would like to invite you to complete your education with them. All of these schools are accredited, most by the Higher Learning Commission (CCU’s accrediting body) or other regional accreditors. CCU has already been working with these schools on preliminary “teach-out” or transfer arrangements that will help you complete your education as easily as possible.

CCU and these schools are currently working with HLC, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and other accreditors on final approval of these plans. It is CCU’s goal and expectation that we will identify one or more teach-out or transfer options for each currently enrolled student. If you are planning to finish and graduate in Spring or Fall 2020, these teach-out partners will help you do so with minimum difficulty. If you are planning to graduate in Spring 2021 or beyond, these partner schools will offer guidance and assistance to help you transfer into a degree similar to your CCU program.

CCU is currently attempting to finalize teach-out and/or transfer agreements with the following institutions (listed below) and to have those agreements approved by the required regulators, including the Higher Learning Commission. All of these institutions are accredited and offer some or all of the degree programs currently offered by CCU. Many of these schools, like CCU, offer a faith-based curriculum and campus environment, and many offer online courses and degrees. Many also have strong athletics programs. Our potential teach-out partners include:

               Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Kentucky)

               Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio)

               Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO)

               Hope International University (Fullerton, CA)

               Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, Illinois)

               Milligan College (Elizabethton, Tennessee)

               Mount St. Joseph University (Cincinnati, Ohio)

               Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mt. Vernon, Ohio)

               Ohio Christian University (Circleville, Ohio)

               Point University (West Point, Georgia)

               Thomas More University (Crestview Hills, Kentucky)

               Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Of course, your transfer options are not limited to the list above. Your CCU credits are regionally accredited and should be accepted by most schools, although the acceptance of credits is a school-specific decision pursuant to each school’s transfer of credit policy. CCU will also work with the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities to increase the number of transfer options in the Cincinnati tri-state region.

In the coming weeks, CCU will invite representatives of the above schools and others from the Consortium to meet with you on campus, and will send updates on potential meeting times. CCU’s Student Services department will also provide ongoing support and assistance, so please feel free to contact Ray Horton or any member of our student life staff anytime ([email protected]; 513.244.8420). We will contact you in the coming days and weeks to notify you of additional opportunities to discuss your options. In the meanwhile, feel free to drop by Student Services anytime to schedule a one-on-one meeting for help.

Finally, as is required of most schools that are closing, we are providing you with information regarding the “closed school loan discharge process” administered by the United States Department of Education. If you do not intend to complete your education via a teach-out or transfer, check the following links for further information. You may receive further information directly from the Department of Education in the coming months.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school#criteria https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/closed-school-loan-discharge-form.pdf

We are truly sorry to have to send this letter. CCU has been serving students for almost a century, and we view all of you as friends and family. We will miss you, and we are thankful for the time we have had with you. It has been our great honor and privilege to work and learn with you, and we are excited to see where God will lead you in your lives and careers.


Cincinnati Christian University Board of Trustees