The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has revised its membership standards to allow schools that recognize gay marriage to remain part of the group but without voting status. CCCU has garnered controversy for having a couple of member schools that recognize same-sex marriage, prompting some member schools to consider leaving the 40-year-old Christian higher education group.

In response to the concerns of many, the CCCU created a membership task force that drafted new membership standards, which were approved by the organization’s board of directors in July. In a letter sent out to member school leadership last month, CCCU Board of Directors Chair Charles W. Pollard championed the new criteria, which is expected to be fully implemented by next summer. FULL REPORT