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 announces former prime minister as final lecture series speaker

Harding University

Harding University has announced former Greece Prime Minister George Papandreou as the fourth and final speaker for its American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series. Papandreou will present April 23, 2015. In addition to serving as prime minister of Greece from 2009-11, Papandreou also served as foreign minister of Greece from 1999-2004, has been a member of Greek parliament since 1981, and has served as president of Socialist International since 2006. Named as one of Foreign … …more

34th annual JBU Golden Eagle TP Game-Saturday, Nov. 1

John Brown University

The tradition and the spectacle continue with the 34th annual John Brown University Golden Eagle TP Game on Saturday, Nov. 1. We hope you’ll consider covering what the USA Today calls the “best technical foul in all of sports.” If you are able to make it, let us know so we can make sure we can reserve you parking, as the TP game packs out our 1800-seat Bill George Arena. If you cannot make it, … …more

Williams Homecoming/Parents Day is Saturday

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College is set to host its annual Homecoming/Parent’s Day on Saturday, November 1, when alumni and parents will journey to the campus to participate in a full day of activities. The day will kick off with an alumni soccer game at 9 a.m., and a Golden Eagles reunion brunch in the president’s home at 10 a.m. The Golden Eagles are those who attended WBC at least 50 years ago. An alumni baseball game … …more

Harding University to present fifth annual Faith and Business Symposium

Harding University

Harding University’s Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration will host the fifth annual Faith and Business Symposium in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Building Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to all students, faculty and campus visitors, the symposium is comprised of 20 presentations and panels by 13 business professionals connected with the University. The Faith and Business Symposium has an overall theme of integrating faith into the workplace. Panel discussion … …more