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 2019, Andy Goodman became the AICU president after serving as legislative director for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

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

Hendrix Highlighted in National Voting Study

Hendrix College

On-campus voting at Hendrix College increased by more than 20% between 2014 and 2018, according to a report by The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). NSLVE is a project of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. The College’s overall voting rate is higher than the national average. Hendrix also saw strong increases in voter registration and the voting rate … …more

Lyon College’s Schwanke receives ‘extraordinary senior lecturer’ position in South Africa

Lyon College

A Lyon professor has been appointed to the post of extraordinary senior lecturer at North-West University in South Africa. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Christopher Schwanke will have access to campus, academic journals, and travel funds through the position, which retroactively began Jan. 1, 2019, and will expire Dec. 31, 2021. The position can be renewed for another three years at that time. Schwanke was a postdoctoral researcher at North-West University from 2015 to 2018. … …more

Women’s bowling comes to Lyon

Lyon College

Lyon College is setting up the pins for a women’s bowling team. The College is partnering with Hollywood Bowl to start the team. Recruitment for players is starting this fall with the chance to compete in fall 2020. For more information, contact Director of Affinity Mentoring Tommy Newton at thomas.newton@lyon.edu.

JBU Exceeds Campaign For the Next Century Goal, Receives $156 Million

John Brown University

John Brown University is celebrating its centennial birthday during homecoming this weekend, but it is also celebrating what is believed to be the largest capital campaign for a private university in Arkansas. At The Next Century Campaign Celebration dinner tonight,  Dr. Jim Krall, vice president for university advancement, announced that JBU’s seven year fundraising campaign exceeded its  $125 million dollar goal by $31 million dollars, receiving $156 million in gifts and pledges. “As JBU rejoices in … …more