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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Weaver Honored for Years of Service

Williams Baptist University

Williams Baptist University has honored Dr. RoseMary Weaver for her years of service and dedication to the institution. Weaver will retire at the end of this month, after implementing WBU’s new online and graduate programs. Dr. Brad Baine, academic dean at Williams, presented Weaver with a plaque in recognition of her time at Williams. “Dr. Weaver has developed education degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Williams. Her superior ability to build quality academic … …more

JBU’s Nursing Program Earns Accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

John Brown University

Program Receives Full Approval from Arkansas State Board of Nursing John Brown University announced this week that its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national nursing accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and full approval from Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) to prepare nurse candidates for licensure. CCNE evaluated JBU’s nursing program based on an internal … …more

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Breaks Ground on New Facility

Arkansas Colleges of Health

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) continues to make great strides in health and wellness with the ground breaking for their newest facility, the Arkansas College of Health Sciences. Arkansas College of Health Sciences will be housed in a new, 66,000 square foot building located on the ACHE campus. The $25 million-dollar facility will be the home for Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Physician Assistant (PA) programs once accreditation is completed. Construction … …more

JBU Alumnus Named Walton International Scholarship Program Director

John Brown University

John Brown University announced this week that JBU alumnus Gabriel Williams will become the director of JBU’s Walton International Scholarship Program (WISP), beginning this fall. Williams will recruit and advise prospective WISP students and support current JBU WISP students through their studies until completion of their program requirements. “We could not be happier to have Gabe Williams, an alumnus who grew up in Costa Rica and has been working internationally in missions, to take the … …more