About City Vision University

Our Mission is to use online education to transform lives through Jesus, Justice and Technology.

01

Jesus

City Vision was initially founded to provide online Christian education to staff at evangelical organizations serving the poor as well as their program participants. While this still remains a core focus, we have since expanded to also provide Christian education to students pursuing nonprofit and counseling careers. See our Statement of Faith.

02

Justice

We promote Justice through radically affordable, practical education focused on addressing the needs of the poor, addicted and underserved.

03

Technology

City Vision uses Technology in its cost-effective, disruptive innovation, lean startup approach to online education. We also use technology to diffuse innovation and disseminate best practices for Christians serving the poor.

Goal 1: Christian Social Service Education: to provide affordable, practical education enabling Christian leaders to transform the lives of the poor, addicted and underserved.

Goal 2: Radically Affordable Education: to use disruptive innovation to provide free educational content and radically affordable programs to diffuse innovation and best practices for Christians serving the poor and increase our global presence. 

Goal 3: Faculty and Staff Development: to develop faculty and staff to support their own professional development and calling to enable them to provide effective education to our students and further our mission.

Goal 4: Stewardship: to provide effective accounting, finance, technology and administrative support to City Vision University’s programs and services in a way that reflects our values and achieves our mission.

Goal 5: Financial Growth: to secure significantly increased resources and expanded enrollment enabling City Vision to add new programs, expand existing programs and further our mission.

Recognition and Awards





Profile on City Vision President
Andrew Sears
City Vision University's President Andrew Sears' story was featured in Christianity Today.
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City Vision/TechMission
Case Study
TechMission/City Vision was the subject of a nonprofit case study by three Northeastern Professors in the Journal of Case Research.
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US Department of Education
Innovation Award Finalist
City Vision was a finalist in the US Department of Education's "Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem" competition along with
edX, Google & others.
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Innovation Award Special Recognition
City Vision received a Special Recognition Award for innovative programs in higher education alongside global leaders like MIT and Purdue.
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Thought Leadership in Disruptive Innovation
City Vision University's President Andrew Sears was invited to write two articles for the Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation's blog.
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Article on City Vision Partnership
City Vision was featured in an article in Forbes about our innovative partnership with Saylor Academy.
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Statistics with Nonprofits and Ministries

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Nonprofit Partners in the Past
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Full-time Interns Placed in Nonprofits
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Nonprofits Sending Students to City Vision

History of City Vision

City Vision has roots and history that span rescue missions, Christian community development, the Salvation Army, evangelical ministries, Christian recovery and the Black church traditions. All of these traditions inform our values and core organizational DNA. We also have a rich history of innovation from our leadership’s involvement in co-founding a MIT research group with one of the father’s of the Internet, involvement in the 90’s dot-com boom and leading disruptive innovation in higher education today.

1998

City Vision Founded as the education arm of AGRM called Rescue College.

1998

2002

TechMission is founded out of a Black church ministry PREP and the Christian Community Development Association movement and develops a partnership network of 500+ education programs in urban ministries.

2002

2005

Rescue College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission with a degree completion program in Missions.

2005

2007

TechMission launches UrbanMinistry.org and ChristianVolunteering.org which grew to have 100,000+ open educational resources and became the third most visited website among Christian organizations serving the poor.

2007

2008

Rescue College becomes a part of the Christian nonprofit TechMission and was renamed City Vision College.

2008

2015

City Vision College starts offering
graduate programs and becomes
City Vision University.​

 

 

2015

2016

City Vision’s leadership co-founds the Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance with 100+ leaders with the vision of expanding Christian higher education to the poor and majority world.

2016

2019

City Vision launches free, non-credit Massive
Open Online Courses in Education Management
in partnership with the Christion Higher Education Innovation Alliance with over 7,000 users.

2019

Our Partners






Scholarship Partner
Any student from a rescue mission or Citygate member organization will receive a 15% discount.
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Scholarship & Credit Partner
Students completing Saylor Academy courses can receive up to 90 credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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Scholarship Partner
Any student affiliated with the Salvation Army will receive a 15% discount.
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Scholarship & Credit Partner
Students from University of the Nations can receive up to 90 credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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Scholarship & Credit Partner
Students from the Urban Ministry Institute an receive up to 32 credits for prior learning.
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Scholarship & Credit Partner
Students from Wheeler's Biblical Counseling Program can receive up to 30 credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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Scholarship & Credit Partner
Students taking Thirdmill courses at MyThirdmill.org can receive up to 90 credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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Scholarship Partner
Students from St. Matthew's house receive a scholarship.
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