Spring 2022 Announcements
Vision and Voice for Catholic Higher Education      Learn More

ACCU Announcements Logo

Back to Spring 2022 Content

ACCU Announcements

News from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Highlights | Upcoming Events & Programs | Call for Awards & Proposals 


2022 Annual Meeting Hashtag & Logo
2022 Annual Meeting Highlights

Check out highlights, plenary session recaps, and celebrations from the 2022 Annual Meeting. It was so good to be "Called Together" again and we can't wait to see you at the 2023 Annual Meeting!

Upcoming Events & Programs

Join us for ACCU sponsored events and programs this spring and make plans for the summer! Check out our full list of events and programs...


Mission Officers Listening Session: April 12, 2022 from 1 PM- 2 PM (Eastern)

ACCU and the members of the Mission Officers Task Force welcome all ACCU member mission officers to join the second Mission Officers Listening Session to provide comments, reactions and suggestions to the task force recommendations on how best to advance the role of Mission Officers on our campuses.   

Please check your university or college email for Zoom information and meeting details. Members of the Task Force will be on hand to listen and collect your comments and suggestions as well as to answer any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing and hearing from you then! 

Questions or needed assistance? Please contact Nadine Jalandoni, Director of Research.


Presidents Institute on Diversity: June 22-24, 2022

ACCU's latest partnership with the Interfaith Youth Corps (IFYC) has created a two-day program--strictly for presidents--in which participants reflect on best practices when leading a diversity agenda that incorporates a faith perspective.  The program is mostly subscribed, but has five more seats if anyone wishes to attend.  Just let us know soon.

Faithfully Forward: Meeting the Challenge of Equity & Inclusion Head On Presidents Institute on Diversity and the Catholic Conscience Dates:  Wednesday, June 22 (beginning with dinner)--Friday, June 24, 2022 (ending at noon) Location:   Loews Chicago Hotel Downtown



Registration Open: IFCU General Assembly: July 30 - August 3, 2022

IFCU 2022 General Assembly logoThe International Federation of Catholic Colleges and Universities (IFCU) announced that its General Assembly will be held in the United States this summer at Boston College, from July 30 - August 3. This meeting is not held every year and is moved among the continents when it is scheduled, making this a somewhat rare event and honor for the U.S.

A provisional program and registration information has now been released. Mark these dates on your calendar should you wish to gain a larger sense of the international landscape of Catholic higher education.



Discerning the Presidency: Thank you for your nominations! 

 Discerning the Presidency 2022 LogoACCU is offering a two-day conference June 20-22, 2022 at Boston College for those who are seriously discerning a presidency in Catholic higher education.  Thank you to those presidents who submitted over 35 nominations for this year's program!  The two-day retreat will offer a more in-depth experience for participants than the typical leadership conference, allowing both group and one-on-one conversations about the job itself, preparing oneself for it, the search process, and about discerning the presidency as a vocational call.  

Nominees will be notified via email in early April regarding the selection process.

Call for Awards & Proposals


Uniservitate 2022 Award for Service-Learning Promotion in Catholic Higher Education

On March 22nd, the Uniservitate 2022 Award for Service-Learning Promotion in Catholic Higher Education announced the acceptance of applications. The award recognizes the best educational experiences of service-learning developed by Catholic Higher Education Institutions (CHEIs), which integrate academic learning and concrete actions of service to the community.  In addition, the award aims to make visible good practices that tend to the comprehensive education of students as responsible citizens, critical, creative and transformative protagonists of society.  In this way, the Uniservitate Award intends to become a source of inspiration for the entire university world.

All applications must be submitted by May 2, 2022. The award will consider all the initiatives –even the most incipient– that have been launched between January 2019 and April 2022 within the framework of CHEIs from anywhere in the world. For ACCU member institutions, this award could have a transformational impact both globally and locally. Learn more about the award and Uniservitate...

Submit Application! 


Save the Date & Call for Proposals: Vatican II and Catholic Higher Education Conference, October 13-15, 2022

Sacred Heart University celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, as well as the 60th anniversary of the University’s founding in the spirit of Vatican II.  Both the first session of Vatican II and Bishop Walter W. Curtis’ founding of Sacred Heart University took place during October 1962.

To celebrate this landmark moment in the history of Catholic higher education and the Catholic intellectual tradition, Sacred Heart University, sponsored by a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program, and supported by Sacred Heart University present "Vatican II and Catholic Higher Education: Leading Forward" Conference.  The two-day conference will be held October 13-15, 2022 at Sacred Heart University.  For additional information about the conference, please go to the conference site. 

Call for Papers

The conference is looking for papers that explore, examine, and engage the importance of how we can best preserve, transmit, and cultivate the Catholic intellectual tradition and its ongoing development, moving it forward into a global, pluralistic 21st century.  We invite papers that consider the importance of how our institutions of higher learning can foster a vital and robust Catholic identity and mission while at the same time embrace diversity and inclusion.  We seek presentations that consider the value of the formation of our students - intellectual spiritual, and social – at our institutions of higher education.  We seek papers that promote the project of Catholic higher education into the future.

Please send abstracts to SHU-VaticanIIConference@sacredheart.edu no later than April 4.



ACCU Staff Update

Easter Blessings!

ACCU Staff

Your friends at ACCU lift you and yours in our thoughts and prayers and send many Easter blessings during this time of joy, hope, and renewal.

From left to right: (Front Row) Sean Phillips, Michelle Evans, Sandra Kerr-Porcari, Nadine Jalandoni, Rebecca Sawyer (Back Row) Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, Lorraine Sloma-Williams, Tom Flynn


We are hiring!

We are currently underway with a search for a Director of Annual Meeting to join the ACCU team. 

Additional details regarding the job description are found here.


We thank you for sharing widely!



Publications: Releases and Submission Due Dates

Latest Edition of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education Now Available

Journal of Catholic Higher Education coverThe latest edition of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education, the only international journal dedicated to contemporary Catholic higher education, is now available!  As part of your institutional ACCU membership, each institution receives hard copies for the president's office, board of trustees, and library that are sent directly to the president's office to distribute.  The JCHE is also available online

The next edition will be released late summer/early fall. You can subscribe or submit a manuscript for an upcoming edition as well.  


Update-Summer 2022 Issue

Share your happenings or news about your campus communities or organizations with us for our summer edition of Update. Commencement highlights and campus life photos are welcomed as well!

Submissions are due by May 15 and can be sent directly to ACCU Marketing and Member Services. Please include a signed release for ACCU records as well. 

Member Renewal

ACCU BannerIt's a blessing to have you as an ACCU member during this past year!  You helped us speak convincingly to elected officials, pivoted with us with a variety of mandates and restrictions, and joined together across your campus leadership to support your students' and communities' along with their needs to do their good work. Your resiliency and dedication to Catholic higher education have shown through your active involvement in this association.  Thank you for your support of ACCU and, through it, to all of Catholic higher education. We are stronger called together.

The 2022-23 ACCU institutional membership renewal notices will be distributed to the president, rector, or executive director's office and are due by June 30, 2022. Be sure your institution or organization retains its ACCU membership and share with those offices the value ACCU has provided.  

Feel free to reach out directly to Michelle Evans, Director of Marketing and Member Services, should you need any assistance or have questions about the renewal process.

Member Benefit Highlight


CIMA logo

Catholic Identity & Mission Assessment (CIMA)

The Graduating Student Survey is still open!  Don't miss this great opportunity to gather your students' insights into how your campus helped nurture their faith journeys.

Surveying your graduating students on their understanding of your institution’s Catholic mission and identity provides a valuable base-line for reviewing your current programs and services and helps provide direction for future planning. CIMA 2.0 is shorter and easier for students to complete in about 10 minutes.  Learn more about CIMA...

Already a CIMA consortium member?
Simply register online for the survey. There is no cost to run the 2022 Graduating Student Survey.
Become a CIMA consortium member
Join today as a consortium member by paying a one-time fee of $1,000 to run the survey at no cost.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Sawyer, Vice President, or contact a colleague of a participating member institution


Additional Membership BenefitsBrief List of Some ACCU Membership Benefits

These are only just a few of our ACCU membership benefits. Learn more about ACCU membership and benefits... 


Board of Directors Update

The Association is proud to welcome the following newly elected ACCU member presidents to its Board of Directors for a three-year term that is effective immediately and runs through 2025:


Tom Evans, President, University of the Incarnate Word Lauretta Frederking, President, Brescia University College Fr. Brian Shanley H. James Williams, President, Mount St. Joseph University

Tom Evans
University of the
Incarnate Word (TX) 

Lauretta Frederking
Brescia University
College, Canada


Tina S. Holland
of Our Lady University (LA)

Fr. Brian Shanley, OP
St. John’s University (NY)

H. James Williams
Mount St. Joseph University (OH)


The 18-member board guides the work of the Association in serving its member institutions, particularly in responding to emerging member needs and promoting the good work being done at Catholic colleges and universities.

The Board also announced the selection of a new class of officers, who began their terms at the close of the 2022 business meeting.  Julie Sullivan, University of St. Thomas (MN), is the new Board Chair, and will serve a two-year term.  Mary Finger, Seton Hill University (PA), and Arvid Johnson, University of St. Francis (IL), will continue to serve as Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively, for an additional two-year term.

A full list of the ACCU Board leadership is available on the ACCU website.


Back to Spring 2022 Content