APCU Programs and Services
The APCU offers a range of programs and services to support presidents at our member institutions. In addition, the APCU strategically partners with a range of higher education-focused providers to secure special discounts and unique product offerings that help our members address mission-critical functions. Gatherings are also a draw—whether it’s our annual Presidents’ Retreat or webinars that target various audiences, from enrollment managers to development officers. Interested in becoming a member? Contact us.
Awareness and Communication
The APCU promotes the activities and accomplishments of its schools through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A,), regional and national higher education media outlets, and its own monthly e-newsletter. In addition, the APCU maintains an online presence through social media and this website.
Study Abroad and Student Exchange
Students from APCU member schools have the exciting opportunity for travel and experiential learning—from Tahoe, to Ireland, to Korea. The APCU also sponsors a tuition exchange program for employees and their families at participating APCU member institutions.
Leadership Development Institute
The Institute provides an opportunity for cabinet members to evaluate their individual skills, gifts, and calling against the leadership needs of a rapidly evolving higher education landscape while also exploring of the role of faith-based leadership in the Presbyterian context.
The Study USA program is administered by the British Council and allows the best and brightest college students from Northern Ireland to study abroad at participating Presbyterian-, Catholic-, and Methodist-related colleges and universities in the United States.
The program, originally designed to help students in business majors experience and appreciate different cultures, faith traditions, and academic programs, expanded to include students in STEM-related programs.
APCU member institutions that choose to participate in the Study USA program become eligible to nominate their own students for up to a year of study in Northern Ireland through a reciprocal program called Irish American Scholars. More than 2,100 students have participated in these complementary programs since 1994.
An APCU member institution interested in being part of the Study USA program must agree to:
- Host a Study USA student for a full academic year
- Waive the cost of tuition (and insurance) for the student
- Require the student to return to Northern Ireland for the following academic year
For complete program information, view the Study USA Handbook.
Annual Study USA Timeline
Students at Northern Ireland universities are required to apply for Study USA consideration by early December each year. Candidates are then evaluated by the British Council on the basis of their academic achievement, personal characteristics, and a potential match with one or more U.S. institutions.
Placement interviews are conducted by the executive director of the APCU in early March. Participating APCU institutions are then notified about placements for the following academic year in early April.
To learn more about opportunities for APCU member institutions to participate in the Study USA program, contact Janna Wofford.
Additional Member Services
Peer Advising Network
This service is designed to help APCU member institutions address significant institutional challenges in a low-cost, confidential manner by drawing on the knowledge and experience of seasoned APCU colleagues. It serves as an alternative to expensive (and more extensive) engagements with external higher education consulting firms.
APCU board members volunteer as mentors to new APCU presidents. This helps our APCU community remain strong by allowing existing members to provide support and encouragement to the newest members as they make their leadership transition.
Through its covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the APCU is pleased to make available the expertise and resources of key Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Agencies to all APCU member institutions.
The Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP)
APCU members are eligible to participate in programs from PILP and the Presbyterian Foundation. PILP offers low-interest loans to APCU members to fund capital improvement projects, real estate purchases, debt refinancing, and initiatives that enhance access and energy efficiency.
The Presbyterian Foundation
The Foundation offers free online tools and services to help APCU members create and manage annual giving campaigns. In addition, the Foundation offers a range of investment options—pooled and independent—to members to help them build and manage endowment resources.
The Presbyterian Board of Pensions
APCU member institutions are eligible to participate in a range of benefits and insurance programs administered by the Presbyterian Board of Pensions, including retirement, medical, and death and disability benefits exclusively for the higher education sector.
Financial Aid for Service
APCU members have access to tailored financial aid resources, including Presbyterian student scholarships and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) loans for Presbyterian parents.
The APCU conducts student search campaigns each year that target approximately 30,000 self-identified, college-bound Presbyterian students. The campaign focuses on creating awareness of our diverse set of colleges and universities—geographically, academically, and spiritually.
The APCU also sends print materials to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations with a minimum of 25 active high school youth members. The materials provide an introduction to APCU member schools and offer information about scholarships and grants available to them through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The APCU represents all of its members at six Presbyterian youth conferences each summer at the Montreat Conference Center. These conferences serve more than 6,000 young people annually. In addition, the APCU coordinates a college fair in conjunction with the Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University. Approximately 5,000 high school students participate in the Youth Triennium.