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
Central Baptist College announces a new online Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program to begin in the spring of 2014. The BBA degree is accredited through The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Though the institution has offered classes in the distance delivery method for quite some time, CBC now offers students the ability to earn their entire degree online. The new Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Online Degree … …more
The Christmas tradition of the John Brown University Candlelight Service will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-14 in the Cathedral of the Ozarks. The annual event rings in the Christmas season with traditional melodies, Christmas classics and inspirational readings. This year’s Candlelight Service will feature selections performed by the Cathedral Choir and Chamber Choir, directed by Paul Smith, the Women’s Chorus, directed by Kate Dewey and the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Terri … …more
Construction has begun on the expansion and renovation of Williams Baptist College’s Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria. The new Billie Harty Dining Room is being added to the existing structure and is expected to double capacity of the student dining area. The 2,100 square foot addition is being built on the southwest side of the cafeteria, where it will adjoin the existing Sulcer Dining Room. The project will also include extensive renovation of the current kitchen and serving … …more