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

WBC’s 5 to 1 Conference Slated for January 23-24

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College will host its annual 5 to 1 Student Ministry Conference on January 23-24. The weekend will focus on helping parents lead the home to worship God, connect with others, grow in the Bible and take the Gospel to the world. WBC’s 5 to 1 Student Ministry Conference seeks to equip churches and families with information and skills so teens can be surrounded with many caring adults who will help them develop lifelong … …more

Provost, Harthorn Promoted at WBC

Williams Baptist College

Dr. Ruth Provost and Dr. Steven Harthorn of the Williams Baptist College faculty were recently promoted to the rank of associate professor and granted tenure by the school. WBC’s Board of Trustees voted on both promotions at its Dec. 5 meeting. “These two individuals represent the highest standards expected of the faculty at Williams Baptist College,” said WBC’s president, Dr. Tom Jones. “Their faithful example and interaction with students demonstrates the Christian commitment, professionalism, scholarship … …more


Archive John Brown University

The Christmas tradition of the John Brown University Candlelight Service will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-13 in the Cathedral of the Ozarks. The annual event rings in the Christmas season with traditional melodies, Christmas classics and inspirational readings. This year’s Candlelight Service will feature selections performed by the Cathedral Choir and Chamber Choir, directed by Paul Smith, the Women’s Chorus, directed by Kate Dewey and the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Terri … …more

RTV students, U.S. Forest Service collaborate on Mulberry River mini-series

University of the Ozarks

Students in instructor Susan Edens’ Backpack Journalism class at University of the Ozarks are gaining real-world video production experience this semester thanks to a collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service. The Radio-Television-Video (RTV) students are working on an eight-part video mini-series titled, “Bridging the Past and Future: The Mulberry,” that officials with the Ouachita & Ozark-St. Francis National Forests plan to use on their website and in other media outlets, both regionally and nationally, to … …more