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

CBC Adds Criminology and Criminal Justice Management Degree

Central Baptist College

Central Baptist College has added a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Management to its list of Professional Adult College Education (PACE) degree programs. Starting in the fall of 2015, the Criminology and Criminal Justice Management degree will help to prepare a student for a variety of career paths including law enforcement, corrections, forensic science, private security, and the courts/judiciary system. The degree is designed around an upper course level emphasis on … …more

JBU hosts Crucifixion History Expert

John Brown University

John Brown University will host Dr. David Chapman on Thursday, March 5 in the Cathedral of the Ozarks at 7:30 p.m. for a lecture entitled “Crucifixion in the Roman World.” Dr. Chapman has been a member of the faculty at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis since 2000 and currently serves as curator of the W. H Mare Institute for Biblical and Archeological Studies. He worked as the director of the Abila Archaeological Project in northern … …more

Former Nicaragua VP, renowned author to speak at Ozarks on March 10

University of the Ozarks

Sergio Ramirez, former vice president of Nicaragua and renowned novelist and essayist, will speak at University of the Ozarks on Tuesday, March 10, as part of the University’s Walton Arts & Ideas Series. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Rowntree Hall, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. Ramirez is considered a leading Latin American intellectual who served in the leftist Government Junta of National … …more

International Entrepreneurs to speak at JBU

Archive John Brown University

John Brown University and The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics welcome Becky Straw and Shawn Askinosie for Leadership Week 2015. Straw will speak in JBU’s chapel service in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. and Askinosie will speak on Thursday’s chapel service at 10:30 a.m. Becky Straw is the co-founder of The Adventure Project, a non-profit organization working to create jobs in developing countries. The Adventure Project funds … …more