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

Gustavo Romero to kick off Harding University Lyceum series

Harding University

Gustavo Romero, a Mexican-American pianist, will perform Sept. 4 in Harding University’s Administration Auditorium at 7 p.m. as part of the University’s 2014-15 concert Lyceum series. Romero first discovered his love and gift for music at age 5, started taking lessons and gave his first public performance at age 10. Romero moved to New York where he attended and graduated from The Julliard School. In addition to performing, Romero is also a professor of piano … …more

As Students Move Back In, The Old Is New

John Brown University

Fifty unsuspecting freshman gathered under the balcony of J. Alvin Brown Hall – beckoned by the flyers distributed on campus and fellow students who told them to show up for the “Annual Freshman Photo.” Instead, they were victims of one of J. Alvin’s infamous pranks. Holding down the shutter on his camera, Joshua Swenson ’97 captured the story as his friends rose from the balcony above and dumped garbage cans full of water on the … …more

University of the Ozarks launches microsite for Jones Learning Center

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks has launched a new microsite to promote the services and success stories of its Jones Learning Center, which has been helping students with learning disabilities earn a college degree at the University for more than 40 years. The microsite, joneslearningcenter.ozarks.edu, was created by JUMP Company and SKY Digital out of St. Louis, Mo. The new site includes engaging and interactive content for prospective students and their parents, including testimonial videos and … …more

JBU Announces Formation of College of Education and Human Services

John Brown University

John Brown University announced the formation of the College of Education and Human Services today at a ceremony on the Siloam Springs campus. The new college brings together JBU’s College of Education with the Graduate Counseling program (the largest in the state), and undergraduate programs in psychology, kinesiology and family studies. The College of Education and Human Services will also be home to JBU’s new nursing program, which launches with its first pre-nursing class this … …more