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

Hutchersons Donate Land to WBC

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College now has six acres of land along Hwy. 67 in Walnut Ridge, thanks to a gift from Bob Hutcherson and his family. The Hutchersons recently donated the tract, which is located near the north end of the Walnut Ridge bypass. “Williams has had several students we have been close to, and I just feel like this college is an asset to the community,” Bob Hutcherson said. “They are fine Christian young people, … …more

Norris Hired as Director of Campus Safety at WBC

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has recently hired Rick Norris as its new director of campus safety. Norris and his family moved to Walnut Ridge from the Hot Springs area in late October, and since then he has been quickly acclimating to life and work at WBC. Norris, who has 26 years of law enforcement experience, served in various public service outlets over the course of his career. In his hometown of Junction City, Ark., he was … …more

Semester Teaching in Prague Gives JBU Fulbright Professor New Boldness

John Brown University

Jessica Wilson was single and teaching at a university in Texas when she applied in the spring of 2012 to teach in the Czech Republic with the Fulbright Scholar Program (FSP). The idea of living in Prague for a semester was intriguing and it seemed an ideal time. Yet, in the year between application and acceptance Wilson was married, became a professor at John Brown University and found out she was pregnant. Still, Wilson said, … …more

Narnia Festival Coming to JBU

Archive John Brown University

John Brown University students taking a class based on the Chronicles of Narnia book series by C.S. Lewis will host a Narnia Festival on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The students bring a little bit of Narnia onto campus through costumes, games and refreshments. The event is from 2-5 p.m. in the J. Alvin Atrium on the John Brown University campus. Participants can test out their bow and arrow skills at Susan’s Bow Challenge or practice their … …more