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

JBU Celebrates Largest Graduating Class in University History

John Brown University

John Brown University will graduate its largest class in university history with 274 students in the traditional undergraduate program and 183 students in the graduate and degree completion programs. JBU will hold the spring commencement ceremony for traditional undergraduate students Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. and the graduate and degree completion ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in the Bill George Arena. Bill Pollard, chairman of Fairwyn Investment Company and father … …more

JBU Artist Series Hosts Renowned Pianist Heidi Louise Williams

John Brown University

John Brown University Artist Series presents renowned pianist Heidi Louise Williams in a recital on Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the Berry Performing Arts Center. “This performance won’t just be ‘pretty piano music,’” said Dr. Paul Whitley, professor of piano at JBU. “Heidi plays with an intensity and thoughtfulness that is captivating and powerful. She moves audiences.” Williams has performed solo and chamber music across the United States and around the world including at Carnegie Hall, the … …more

U of O PBL chapter wins 2015 Sweepstakes award at state competition

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks’ Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) took home the overall Collegiate Level Sweepstakes title for the second consecutive year in the 2015 Arkansas FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference, held April 10-11 in Little Rock. Competing against 10 other colleges and universities from throughout Arkansas, the U of O chapter won seven individual category titles, and also had seven second-place finishes and six third-place finishes to capture the Sweepstakes trophy. Those Ozarks chapter members who … …more

Harding University faculty receive awards for teacher achievement

Harding University

Eight Harding University faculty members received Teacher Achievement Awards during the annual faculty and staff dinner on campus April 24. Faculty members Usen Akpanudo, Steven Breezeel, Gary Hill, Dale Manor, Kelly Neill, Scott Ragsdale, Jim Shelton and J.D. Yingling are the 2014-15 award recipients. Akpanudo, originally from Nigeria, has been a member of the University faculty since 2007. He is currently an associate professor of education in the Cannon-Clary College of Education, and he holds … …more