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 2019, Andy Goodman became the AICU president after serving as legislative director for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

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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University of the Ozarks Ranks Among Top in “Grateful Grads” Index

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks ranks among the top colleges in the country in producing “happy and successful alumni,” according to Forbes magazine’s 2019 Grateful Graduates Index. Announced in August, the 2019 index ranks U of O first among Arkansas universities and No. 87 in the country. The index ranks the top 200 private, non-profit institutions by examining the percentage of alumni who make donations to their colleges and the total amount of those donations, adjusted … …more

University of the Ozarks to Present Halloween Concert, Trunk-or-Treat

University of the Ozarks

The University of the Ozarks will present a pair of family-friendly events for the local community during the week of Halloween. The music department will present the 19th annual All Hallows’ Eve Concert on Monday, Oct. 28, in Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel. In addition, the Office of Student Affairs will sponsor a Trunk-or-Treat event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to … …more

Dr. David Bebbington discusses evangelical history, trajectory in Birkett Williams lecture at Ouachita

Ouachita Baptist University

Dr. David W. Bebbington spoke at Ouachita Baptist University on Oct. 7 as part of the university’s Birkett Williams Lecture Series. A world-renowned scholar on evangelicalism, Bebbington focused his lecture on the history of evangelicalism and its relevancy to the modern Christian. Dr. Bebbington began by talking about evangelical revivals, America’s First Great Awakening and England’s Evangelical Revival, which took place in the 18th century, and mentioning the impact of leaders like John Wesley and … …more

JBU, Mercy Partnership Offers Scholarships to Mercy Employees, Families

John Brown University

John Brown University (JBU) and Mercy are working together to offer scholarships to eligible Mercy co-workers and their immediate family members nationwide toward JBU’s traditional undergraduate, online undergraduate and graduate programs. Degrees offered through this collaboration include traditional face-to-face classes, online classes and a combination of online and evening classes, depending on the program. “Mercy is pleased to work together with John Brown University,” said Scott Sell, Mercy’s vice president of talent selection. “While Mercy … …more