ACU launches official RangersU online courses to public
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DALLAS, May 15, 2023 ~ Abilene Christian University (ACU) and the Texas Rangers baseball club have announced enrollment is now open for two college courses – Baseball History and Culture and Leadership Development. The courses are designed for baseball fans and the general public, and will be taught by a diverse array of Texas Rangers management, Major League Baseball experts, and ACU faculty.

Dubbed RangersU, the courses offer opportunities for baseball fans and others to foster professional development and personal enrichment through flexible online learning. At a cost of $95 per course, Baseball History and Culture will teach the ins and outs of baseball history, how it has shaped America through the historical integration of women and minorities, as well as further insight into sports statistics. Leadership Development will focus on exploring individual personality traits, leadership styles, and how to reshape the understanding of what makes a good leader – all through the lens of sports.

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"ACU is thrilled to bring this initiative to all Rangers fans just in time for baseball season," said Dr. Stephen Johnson, chief executive officer for ACU Online. "RangersU offers players and participants alike an opportunity to engage in an online classroom setting to increase their knowledge while focusing on their unique sports interests."

21-year-old pitching prospect Tekoah Roby is one such participant who has enrolled in RangersU courses. "One of the reasons I got into ACU was I wanted to kind of expand outside of baseball and find something to challenge me outside of what we do on a daily basis," said Roby. "Part of developing in the baseball world and in real life is finding your identity outside of baseball, and one of those things that I've been able to add to my identity is [I'm] a student again."

Dr. Daryl Jones, ACU's executive director of sports education commented on this historic effort: "Developing these courses is a remarkable milestone in our partnership with Texas Rangers," said Jones. "By collaborating on this historic effort, ACU is eager to showcase its intentional and rigorous efforts to bring a quality education to anyone interested in enhancing their professional success."

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Participants can enroll beginning May 15th 2023 for a small fee of $95 per course with classes running from June 27th 2023 through August 15th 2023. Courses are for non-credit continuing education; however students can elect to receive three hours academic credit by submitting a learning portfolio along with an assessment fee of $300.

Founded in 1906, Abilene Christian University enrolls more than 5,700 students in robust online and residential undergraduate as well as graduate programs across 87 baccalaureate majors that include more than 171 areas of study; 71 areas within master's degree specialist programs; four doctoral programs; two undergraduate certificate programs; nine graduate certificate programs; all administered through its branch location in Dallas. ACU's mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world – making it one out 19 universities ranked within top 50 nationally for both Undergraduate Teaching & Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects according 2022-23 U.S News & World Report rankings. Learn more at acu.edu/rangersu or acu.edu/online
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