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

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Annie Moses Band continues Harding University’s Lyceum series

Harding University

The Annie Moses Band, a Nashville, Tennessee, ensemble, will perform Sept. 16 as a part of Harding University’s concert Lyceum series. The event will be held in the Administration Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Annie Moses Band includes Julliard-trained musicians including six instrumentalists and vocalists and will perform covers of classical folk, spiritual and pop genres. The group fuses American roots, folk rock and jazz in performances that feature strings, keyboards, guitar and rhythm. Their … …more

Ozarks ranked No. 4 in South by U.S. News

University of the Ozarks

In its 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges, which hit the newsstands on Sept. 9, U.S. News & World Report listed Ozarks fourth overall among the 117 Regional Colleges in the South Region. The overall rankings examine such criteria as academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. It is the 16th consecutive year that Ozarks has been ranked a “top tier” university by the publication. Ozarks moved … …more

Record Freshman Class Boosts WBC Enrollment

Williams Baptist College

The largest freshman class in the recent history of Williams Baptist College has pushed the college to enrollment gains on its Walnut Ridge campus. Total enrollment on the main campus climbed two percent for the fall 2014 semester, and the number of students living on campus climbed even more dramatically. WBC welcomed 164 freshmen this fall, setting a modern record for the college and marking the largest group of new students at Williams in nearly … …more

Harding University students commemorate 9/11

Harding University

Student representatives from the Harding University organizations Pi Sigma Alpha and the American Studies Institute joined in a collaborative effort to honor the victims of 9/11. Through their annual memorial display, students placed flags from each country representing each victim affected by the 9/11 tragedies on the campus front lawn. Members of Pi Sigma Alpha, ASI distinguished students, faculty, staff and student volunteers placed more than 3,000 flags on Harding’s front lawn Sept. 9. The … …more