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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Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Joins AICU

Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities welcomes a new institution. The presidents’ council of AICU invited Arkansas Colleges of Health Education located in Fort Smith to become a member. President and CEO, Kyle Parker, J.D., informed AICU that the institution accepts this invitation and looks forward to being a member with the other 10 institutions. Rex Horne, president of AICU, states that “Arkansas Colleges of Health Education brings an institution into our group that is unique … …more

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Williams Graduates Final “College” Class

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College will hold its final commencement exercises under the title of “college” this Saturday, May 5. Last fall, WBC announced the name change to Williams Baptist University, and as the final student walks across the stage to receive the final Williams Baptist College diploma, WBC will take one more step in its transition to WBU. With more than 90 students ready to receive their diplomas, the added significance of this year’s commencement is … …more

Brigance Wins Zondervan/WBC Greek Award at Williams

Williams Baptist College

Brandon Brigance of Gentry, Ark., has been presented the 2018 Zondervan/Williams Baptist College Greek Award. The award was presented during the Christian Ministries Banquet at Williams Baptist College, held on April 24. Brigance was selected for the Greek Award because of his achievement in the study of biblical Greek. Zondervan, which is a Christian publishing company, presents the annual award in conjunction with WBC. The winner is chosen each year by the Christian ministries faculty … …more

Buchanan Receives Rural Church Award at WBC

Williams Baptist College

Blake Buchanan of Poplar Bluff, Mo., has been selected to receive the 2018 Rural Church Award at Williams Baptist College. The award was presented at the Department of Christian Ministries Banquet held on April 24. The Rural Church Award is given to Christian ministry students in memory of the Rev. L. G. Miller, who labored for many years as a Baptist pastor in Arkansas. The recipient is selected by the Christian ministries faculty at WBC, … …more

Marshall Presented AYME Award at WBC

Williams Baptist College

Makayla Marshall of Farmington, Mo., has been presented the 2018​ Association of Youth Ministry Educators (AYME) at Williams Baptist College. ​S​he was selected for the award by the Christian ministries faculty at WBC based on her service in the field of youth ministry while at college and her potential for future ministry. The honor was presented at the Department of Christian Ministries Banquet held on April 24. Marshall, a senior at WBC majoring in Christian … …more