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

World-Renowned National Geographic Photographer to Speak at JBU

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World-renowned National Geographic photographer and journalist Sam Abell will speak at John Brown University on Saturday, Nov., 1 at 3:00 p.m. in the Simmons Great Hall. Abell’s thirty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography, while maintaining a career as an artist, teacher and author. He works primarily with the photography of cultural landscape. In 1990, Abell’s work was the subject of a one-man exhibition at the International Center of Photography … …more

Harding University to present “Shrek the Musical”

Harding University

Harding University will present “Shrek the Musical” Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. as a part of the University’s 90th annual Homecoming weekend. The department of theatre has been working since January to produce the show. “Our cast is doing a phenomenal job,” Producer Cindee Stockstill said. “Shrek is unrecognizable in his prosthetics and fat suit; the donkey is hilarious and performs well with Shrek; Fiona plays a princess with three different types … …more

JBU Engineering Student Helps Develop NASA Aircraft Design

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John Brown University student Brian Plank’s autograph is on the wings of a NASA-designed aircraft that will be displayed at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Plank, an engineering major at JBU, recently completed a summer internship at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California. There he worked as a research associate/project manager, testing flights of a subscale flying wing aircraft. “He wrote the flight test plans, conducted the … …more

‘Learning to Laugh Again’ with Chonda Pierce Coming to JBU

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America’s top-selling female comedian Chonda Pierce and Grammy winner Jason Crabb will bring an evening of laughter, music and ministry to the Bill George Arena at John Brown University on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. Presented by Muse Concerts and sponsored by Feed the Children, Learning to Laugh Again will feature Chonda’s unique ability to encourage and uplift audiences as they walk through life’s difficulties. Open about her faith and personal experiences, Chonda uses … …more