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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CBC Teacher Education Program Announces National Accreditation

Central Baptist College

Program Now 1 of 147 Providers in the U.S. Meeting New, Rigorous Standards to Better Prepare Tomorrow’s Teachers The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has announced that the Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program is one of 46 providers from 22 states and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. The spring 2018 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council increased to 147 the total number of providers approved under … …more

WBU Students Join Alpha Psi Omega

Williams Baptist University

Three students at Williams Baptist University have been inducted into Alpha Psi Omega, a national honorary drama organization. Inductees were: Maggie Morgan of Mammoth Spring, Ark., Kristin Britt of Chandler, Texas, and Ali Turbyeville of Portia, Ark. Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society is an American recognition honor society for participants in collegiate theatre. Williams is Christian, liberal arts university in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

WBU’s Harris Awarded Grant

Williams Baptist University

Dr. Rodney Harris, assistant professor of history at Williams Baptist University, has been awarded the Lynn E. May Study Grant from the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives in Nashville, Tenn. “This grant will allow me to use the materials in the Southern Baptist Archives this summer to continue working on my project entitled “Brooks Hays and Southern Moderation,” says Harris. Hays was a politician from Arkansas who served in Congress from 1943 until his … …more

Williams Launches Pre-Law Society

Williams Baptist University

A new Pre-Law Society is set to launch this fall at Williams Baptist University. The society will provide coordinated support and valuable resources for students interested in going to law school after graduating with their bachelor’s degrees. Joshua Clem of Walnut Ridge, and Jaitlin Pitts of Auburn, Ala., have been selected as the society’s inaugural student officers for the 2018-19 school year. Clem, a senior Christian Ministries major, will serve as president and Pitts, a … …more