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

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

Williams Graduation is May 3rd

Williams Baptist College

Approximately 115 graduates will receive their diplomas when Williams Baptist College holds its commencementexercises on Saturday, May 3. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center. The speaker will be Dr. Glen Putman, pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Putman will also be honored as the college’s 2014 Distinguished Baptist Minister during the day’s ceremonies. Williams graduates of 50 or more years will also be recognized at the ceremony as … …more

Harding University College of Pharmacy professor receives mini-grant

Harding University

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Kaci Bohn of the Harding University College of Pharmacy received a mini-grant from the Blue and You Foundation of Arkansas. Bohn was awarded $1,000 for her personal project of a children’s book covering medication safety. Bohn has been on the University College of Pharmacy faculty since 2011 and began her work on the children’s medication safety book January 2013. The book focuses on an interactive character, “Morty™,” a medicine capsule. … …more