The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury
The Revd Canon James G. Callaway, D.D.
The Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC) was formed as a world-wide association of Anglican colleges and universities of higher education as a result of an International Conference of representatives assembled at Canterbury in 1993 (Christ Church College, UK), to be:
The history of CUAC goes back to 1962, when its predecessor, The Fund for Episcopal Colleges, was established at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. At that point membership was limited to the Presiding Bishop and the presidents of "independent, four year accredited colleges or universities, associated by history or tradition with the Protestant Episcopal Church". The purposes of the newly established organization were "to provide a framework for cooperative endeavor, to strengthen the member colleges and their programs, and to foster the intellectual and spiritual values implicit in their founding". In 1966, the act of incorporation was amended with a new name, the Association of Episcopal Colleges (AEC) - as it remains to this day.
The idea of developing this association (CUAC) was conceived and initiated by AEC, and a founding conference of Anglican college heads from around the Communion was held at Canterbury in 1993. With a similar Christian framework and intent as the AEC colleges, CUAC was to develop a program which would:
CUAC has held international conferences for administrators, chaplains and faculty in New Delhi, Toronto, Tokyo and currently again at Canterbury and York. It publishes a peer-reviewed Academic Journal called Prologue. It also runs a website to facilitate exchanges, joint programs and services.
The most recent program development for CUAC has been to track down and contact all Anglican theological institutions and programs world-wide, in order to create a Communion-wide "inventory" of these colleges/seminaries, a summary of their programs and resources, and to create an Internet "Network" for them similar to that enjoyed by current CUAC members in higher education. CUAC is currently creating a new website with an Information Summaries for each program/institution, and Bulletin Boards, Student/Faculty Exchange Forums, and opportunities for joint programming.
CUAC promotes Christian higher education in colleges and universities around the world that have an active presence within the Anglican Communion. In particular, CUAC's purpose is to provide a collaborative network to its member institutions, for the exchange of ideas, for the mutual development of programs and courses, for cultural exchanges, and for both relational and material collegial support amongst members, in order that they might better serve their students, their societies, and the world as a whole.
In a time when the Anglican Communion experiences significant tensions, CUAC serves as a place of cross-cultural dialogue and enrichment among the future leadership of the global Anglican world. Hence, CUAC has been officially recognized as a "Network" in the Anglican Communion since 2003. The Archbishop of Canterbury serves as Patron of CUAC.