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
Hendrix College has received a $1 million gift from the Roy and Christine Sturgis Trust of Dallas, Texas. The award will support the completion of the College’s athletics facilities master plan, according to Acting President W. Ellis Arnold III. Hendrix is completing its new 1,500-seat Young-Wise Memorial Stadium, an indoor tennis center, and a sports training facility at the north end zone of the stadium that will serve Hendrix athletes. Total cost for the three … …more
On Saturday, February 1, Central Baptist College dedicated the 16,094 square foot Story Library on the CBC campus. The event took place during the 2014 CBC Homecoming festivities with more than 500 in attendance. The just under $4 million Story Library completes project two of the Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making campaign. The two-story facility includes the following: library administration staff offices, learning commons, 30+ computer workstations, 15 lap top plug-ins, five LCD … …more
The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics was named one of the Top 20 Leadership Training Companies to Watch in 2014 by TrainingIndustry.com. The annual list includes other admired organizations such as FranklinCovey Co., VitalSmarts, and Bluepoint Leadership. Candidates are evaluated on: New and innovative service offerings Unique approach to leadership development solutions Commitment to thought leadership Quality of clients Geographic reach “The 2014 Leadership Training Companies Watch List identifies a key group of companies … …more
Williams Baptist College will hold its annual campus-wide garage Sale on Saturday, March 1. The sale will be held in WBC’s Miller Building from 7 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The Miller Building is located at 407 Fulbright Ave., which is at the east end of the street, near the Walnut Ridge Airport. Students, faculty, staff and others donate items for the sale each year, with merchandise covering the expanse of the gym. All items sell … …more