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 July 2015, Dr. Rex Horne became the AICU president after nine years as the president of Ouachita Baptist University. Horne travels statewide 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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Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Joins AICU

Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities welcomes a new institution. The presidents’ council of AICU invited Arkansas Colleges of Health Education located in Fort Smith to become a member. President and CEO, Kyle Parker, J.D., informed AICU that the institution accepts this invitation and looks forward to being a member with the other 10 institutions. Rex Horne, president of AICU, states that “Arkansas Colleges of Health Education brings an institution into our group that is unique … …more

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Williams Theatre Department Presents The Story Store

Williams Baptist College

Every year, elementary students from around Northeast Arkansas submit stories to The Story Store, which is an annual children’s production put on in conjunction with Williams Baptist College and the Northeast Arkansas Educational Co-op. Gifted and Talented students from around the region submit their stories to Melinda Williams, assistant professor of communications arts at WBC, and she combines their submissions into a play. The Story Store began in 2001, after Williams attended a workshop in … …more

JBU Announces Lowest Percent Increase for 2018-2019 Undergraduate Tuition, Room & Board

John Brown University

Upgrade to Undergraduate Meal Plan Introduced to Room & Board The John Brown University Board of Trustees announced this week a 2.75 percent increase, the lowest rate increase in more than three decades, for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board. The rate increase for 2018-2019 academic year amounts to $968, the lowest dollar change in 14 years. JBU also announced new flexible dining options and extended cafeteria hours to better meet the needs of the … …more

University of the Ozarks receives Chamber honor

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks was selected as the 2017 Corporate Business of the Year at the annual Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, held Feb. 3 at the Cabin Creek Lookout in Lamar. In presenting the award, chamber officials cited the University for its record enrollment of 755 students during the fall semester as well as its current $55 million Climb Higher fund-raising campaign to increase student scholarship opportunities and to enhance science and … …more

Williams Receives $215,000 from Harty Estate

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has received a $215,000 gift from the estate of alumnus Norman Harty. Harty, who was from Dexter, Mo., passed away in August. He was a 1962 graduate of Williams and a longtime supporter of the school, which will become Williams Baptist University later this year. Interim President Dr. Kenneth Startup received the check from Justin Daubert. Daubert is the compliance officer at First Commercial Bank in Dexter, where Harty’s corporation has a … …more