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

Professor Scully named to “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” list

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Mark Scully has been named to the 2015 edition of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire,” which is presented by the higher education website NerdScholar. Nerdscholar is the higher education branch of NerdWallet, a consumer finance website. According to the Nerdscholar website, the second annual “40 Under 40” list of professors “were chosen based on their ability to captivate and engage student in the classroom, … …more

JBU Cathedral Choir Concludes Spring Tour with Local Concert

John Brown University

The John Brown University Cathedral Choir will conclude its spring tour with a concert on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Berry Performing Arts Center on the campus of John Brown University. The concert is free and open to the public. JBU’s elite, 70-voice ensemble will perform pieces ranging from the early 17th century to pieces newly composed in 2013. Audiences will hear many different styles of music, from Heinrich Schütz’s sublime “Die … …more

Hispanic Education Leader Dr. Carlos Campo Discusses Faith, Identity, Education at JBU

John Brown University

John Brown University hosted Dr. Carlos Campo, chair of Educational Initiatives for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and former president of Regent University, on Thursday, March 19. Campo spoke to the student body in chapel and later addressed the faculty and staff during a luncheon. In chapel, Campo used the story of Jonah the prophet to challenge the students on the question of human identity. He admonished them to eschew labels and stereotypes in … …more

JBU Summer Academies Offer College Experience to High School Students

John Brown University

John Brown University will offer three week-long residential Summer Academies for high school students this summer. The programs allow students to gain college experience in three areas: Piano (June 21-27), Engineering (July 19-25), and Great Ideas, facilitated by the JBU Honors Scholars Program (July 19-25). High school students will learn from college professors, interact with JBU students, participate in field trips and get a taste of student life at JBU through various campus activities. The … …more