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

News from our member institutions

Hendrix Players to Present ‘Driving’ September 21 and 22

Hendrix College

The Hendrix Players present Driving, a play by Hendrix alumnus Werner Trieschmann ’86, as the Fall Family Weekend production for 2018. Performances are set for Friday, September 21 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., in Cabe Theatre on the Hendrix campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Seating will be first-come, first-served. A family-friendly play that may hold particular interest for teens because of the lead … …more

Harding Music department announces 2018-19 performance series

Harding University

The Harding University department of music has announced its 2018-19 Arts and Life performance series. The series includes performances by Tom Gallant with the Tesla String Quartet, Russian Renaissance, David Payne, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Rosana Eckert, Janoska Ensemble and Andrew Harnsberger. Thomas Gallant, oboe, and the Tesla String QuartetThursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. The award-winning Tesla String Quartet will collaborate with Thomas Gallant, one of the world’s finest virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on … …more

Summer Experience Fair Showcases Lyon Students’ Success

Lyon College

On Tuesday, August 28 the Lyon College Career Center held the Summer Experience Fair (SEF), an event that Annette Castleberry, Lyon’s Director of Career Services, describes as a “casual, interactive forum where younger students learn from upperclassmen how they found summertime career-building opportunities.” Such opportunities include internships, research assistantships, academic travel and more. Student presenter Melanie Beehler, who spent her summer doing research in Fayetteville, first arrived at Lyon knowing little about internships except that … …more

Harding’s Center for Professional Excellence partners with JCPenney to host “Suit Up” event

Harding University

On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in partnership with Harding’s Center for Professional Excellence, JCPenney will be closing their doors to the public and opening their doors to the Harding community for the evening. From 6-9 p.m., Harding students, faculty and staff will be able to “Suit Up” at the local JCPenney location in Searcy with a 40 percent discount on professional clothing, accessories and shoes as well as products from the beauty salon and Sephora … …more