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

Harding University appoints new registrar

Harding University

Harding University Provost Larry Long today named Tod Martin of York, Nebraska, as registrar effective in August.

 Martin replaces Janice Hurd, who is retiring from the position after serving as University registrar for eight years. Martin comes to Harding from York College after seven years as the school’s registrar. He was also an assistant professor in York’s business program and taught classes in management and marketing. “Tod is a hard worker who demonstrated a keen … …more

Williams PBL Earns National Honors, Again

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business society is no stranger to success. The group of Williams business students annually achieves high honors at the state PBL conference and goes on to earn top marks at PBL’s National Leadership Conference. The 2014 competition season was no different for the organization, as it recently earned ten more national awards, including twofirst-place finishes. After qualifying for nationals at the state conference in March, the Williams … …more

State Dignitaries and Haitian Baptists visit WBC

Williams Baptist College

Two visitors from Haiti got to meet two local legislators and the head of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities recently at Williams Baptist College. Professor Alix Mesidor and student Dave-son Val of the Christian University of Northern Haiti met State Representative James Ratliff, State Senator Robert Thompson and Rex Nelson, Executive Director of Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU) on June 16. Ratliff and Thompson were on the Williams campus to meet with Nelson and … …more

New Residence Hall Named in Honor of Dickson Family

Central Baptist College

Central Baptist College will name its new residence hall in honor of David and Shelley Dickson, Baptist Missionary Association of America missionaries who have served the BMAA since they were elected missionaries to Nicaragua in 1971. Dickson Hall, located facing west on Conway Boulevard, is scheduled to open in time for new student move-in day on August 16 this fall. The 150-bed residence hall will be the first housing project on the CBC campus in … …more