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
The Philander Smith College Board of Trustees approved today constructing a new student activities building on the 135-year-old campus, and Trustee C.J. Duvall donated $1 million toward the project’s completion. “I’ve already given close to 60 percent of the pledged amount and I’m fine with going public with this information,” said Duvall. “I’m hoping it would compel others to donate to this effort. These students and this campus deserve our support.” There have been several … …more
Central Baptist College Board of Trustees approved, effective immediately, that the institution will make up the $2,500 annual shortfall the Academic Challenge Scholarship does not cover. In March of this year, the Legislature trimmed the amount of the award for incoming freshman from $4,500 to $2,000 leaving many students and families having to pay the unexpected difference. The scholarship will be available to first time incoming freshmen for the 2013-2014 academic year who have qualified … …more
Dr. Bruce McLarty announced today two administrative appointments at Harding University. McLarty will become president of the school June 1. Dr. James W. Carr will become senior vice president of the institution, and Dr. David Collins will become executive vice president. Both appointments are effective June 1. Carr, the current executive vice president, has held that position for 24 years. As senior vice president he will oversee the offices of admission services, financial aid, American … …more
Ouachita Baptist University’s 2011-2012 yearbook, the Ouachitonian, has been named a finalist in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2013 Crown Awards. The Crown Awards are the highest honor in yearbook design and editorial from the CSPA. The CSPA judged 1,344 digital publications, newspapers, magazines and yearbooks last month at Columbia University. Tanner Huffman, a 2012 mass communications and graphic design graduate, served as editor of the yearbook, which celebrated Ouachita’s 125th anniversary. “Being named a … …more