What’s now Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities was founded in March 1954 as the Arkansas Foundation of Associated Colleges. It began as a sort of “United Way” for the state’s private colleges and universities but has since evolved into an organization that also provides extensive governmental affairs and public affairs support for its 11 member institutions.

In January 2011, Rex Nelson, one of the state’s most high-profile writers and speakers, became the AICU president. He embarked on a statewide speaking tour to educate business and civic leaders in all parts of Arkansas about the importance of private higher education.

The 11 colleges and universities that are members of AICU are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. AICU is a tax-exempt charitable organization under federal and state laws. All contributions to the AICU scholarship fund are tax deductible. …more

News from our member institutions

JBU Hosts Third Annual Disaster Shelter Design Competition

John Brown University

John Brown University will host the annual shelter design competition to build a transitional shelter for refugees. This year the prototypes need to meet the needs of potential Syrian refugees living in camps along the Syrian borders of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. The competition takes place April 24-26 on the JBU campus in Siloam Springs. Engineering, construction management and architecture students from several colleges and universities around the country will compete. Participating teams submitted preliminary … …more

Dr. Hilton named recipient of prestigious business education award

University of the Ozarks

Dr. Robert Hilton, chair of the Division of Business, Communication and Government, at University of the Ozarks was presented with the prestigious John L. Green Award for Excellence in Business Education at the annual International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education’s (IACBE) Conference in San Diego on April 8-11. The John L. Green Award for Excellence in Business Education is named for the president emeritus and founder of the IACBE, and an early pioneer in the … …more

Harding University names new nursing degree program director

Harding University

Harding University Provost Larry Long announced Dr. Dona Clarin as director of the Carr College of Nursing’s new family nurse practitioner master’s degree program. The family nurse practitioner program offers advanced training for registered nurses in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in primary care settings such as clinics. Advanced practice registered nurses work collaboratively with physicians and other health care team members to provide comprehensive treatment plans and prescribe medications. Clarin, assistant professor in … …more

University of the Ozarks installs Dunsworth as 25th President

University of the Ozarks

Richard L. Dunsworth, J.D., was formally installed as the 25th president of University of the Ozarks during a special Inauguration Ceremony on Friday, April 11, 2014. The ceremony, which was the culmination of a week-long celebration involving numerous campus events, was attended by more than 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends in historic Raymond Munger Memorial Chapter. The theme for the inauguration was, “A Celebration of Students, Past, Present and Future.” Dunsworth, 45, was … …more