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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 July 2015, Dr. Rex Horne became the AICU president after nine years as the president of Ouachita Baptist University. Horne travels statewide 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

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US Bank Foundation Presents Grant for Scholarships

Mr. Mike Richardson, Arkansas Regional President, (left) and Scott Teague, Regional Commercial Banking Manager, (right), both of US Bank, present a $5,000 check to AICU President Rex Horne (center).

Mike Richardson, Arkansas Regional President, (left) and Scott Teague, Regional Commercial Banking Manager, (right), both of US Bank, present a $5,000 check to AICU President Rex Horne (center).

U.S. Bank Foundation has granted $5,000 to AICU to fund scholarships for students attending colleges and universities which are members of AICU. The grant was presented to AICU President Rex Horne on Oct. 15, 2018 by Mike Richardson, Arkansas Regional President of US Bank and Scott Teague, Regional Commercial Banking Manager of US Bank.

This gift will help those students who are first generation and are from low to moderate income families to enroll and/or remain in school.  Completing college is vitally important to the economic growth of Arkansas. AICU and its member institutions are most appreciative of this generous gift from US Bank Foundation.


News from our member institutions

Ozarks Outdoors to Present NOLS Film Tour

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks will host the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) film tour titled, The Exploration, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov., 29. The event, which is presented by the University’s Ozarks Outdoors program, will be held in the Rogers Conference Center. It is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. The multi-city Exploration film tour started as a way to tell the stories of ordinary individuals pursuing their dreams … …more

University of the Ozarks’ Dunsworth Named to NCAA Division III Presidents Council

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks President Richard L. Dunsworth. J.D., has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Presidents Council, the highest governing body in the division. Dunsworth will begin his four-year term in January, at the close of the 2019 NCAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The Presidents Council sets NCAA Division III’s strategic plan and establishes and directs the general policy of the division. Division III is the largest of the … …more

Largest CBC White Coat Class Recognized in Ceremony

Central Baptist College

The Central Baptist College Math and Science Department recognized eleven students for their academic excellence by awarding them with white coats in a ceremony on Thursday, November 15, 2018. These students achieved academic excellence in very challenging courses at CBC and were part of the 8th and largest White Coat Class. In his welcoming remarks, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gary McAllister shared the following, “At most institutions, the white coat ceremony is a … …more

Hendrix College Model UN Team Named ‘Best Overall Delegation’

Hendrix College

Hendrix College’s Model UN team was recognized with a “Best Overall Delegation” Award at this year’s American Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference, held November 17-20 in Chicago. The students represented Italy. Additionally, five Hendrix students won Outstanding Delegation Awards for their work in their committee simulations: Cordell Campbell ’19 and Charlie McMahon ’21 for the General Assembly Plenary Emmett Hill ’19 for the United Nations Environmental Assembly Sara Hoopchuk ’20 and Stephen Clark ’20 for … …more