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

News from our member institutions

JBU Sends Team to Enactus World Cup in London

John Brown University

What: JBU will send off the JBU Enactus team to the Enactus World Cup in London. When: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Where: Simmons Great Hall B (Park in the Simmons Great Hall parking lot.) Why: For the first time in university history, JBU’s Enactus team will compete against 35 countries at the Enactus World Cup Sept. 26 – 28 in London, England. JBU Enactus was named the 2017 Enactus United States National Champions … …more

WBC to Become Williams Baptist University

Williams Baptist College

There is a new U coming to Arkansas.  Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge announced Wednesday that, starting next fall, it will be known as Williams Baptist University. “This is a monumental day in the history of this institution, reflecting a major step forward.  Williams has provided an outstanding, Christian higher education for the past 76 years, and being known as Williams Baptist University will help us to advance our programs even further,” said WBC … …more

JBU Holds Public Forum on Intersection of Religion and Politics

John Brown University

John Brown University will host New York Times bestselling author Rod Dreher and former White House staffer Michael Wear in a public forum on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Simmons Great Hall. At the event, titled “Reimagining Faith and Public Life,” Wear and Dreher will discuss the role of Christians in shaping public policy in the U.S. and will answer questions from the audience following the discussion. “JBU’s Honors Scholars Program and … …more

WBC Board Freezes Tuition, Approves New Band Program

Williams Baptist College

Students at Williams Baptist College can count on tuition staying the same next year, following action by the WBC Board of Trustees on Friday, Sept 15.  The board also approved the launch of a new band program that will begin next year. The Williams board, meeting in regular session, voted to freeze tuition for the 2018-19 school year.  It will be the third year in a row for WBC to keep tuition at its current … …more