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

WBC Theatre Program to Stage “This Random World”

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College’s Theatre Program is set open its new production season with a fitting new play.  Steven Dietz’s This Random World, which premiered at the Humana Festival in Louisville, Ky., in the spring of 2016, will run Friday, Nov. 3 – Saturday, Nov. 4. “It’s both exciting and a little nerve-racking working on a play that is only a few years old,” said Melinda Williams, director of production.  “In one aspect, you are breaking … …more

WBC Harvest Fest is Oct. 25

Williams Baptist College

Harvest Fest will take place Wednesday, Oct. 25th, at Williams Baptist College.  The annual event is a popular festival for local children and church groups, with Williams students operating the games and activities.  There will also be a costume contest for different age categories. Harvest Fest will be in WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Admission is free, and tickets for games and activities can be purchased at the door with money or … …more

Ouachita to host Rex Nelson in “News and Fake News” lecture Oct. 24

Ouachita Baptist University

The School of Humanities at Ouachita Baptist University will host Rex Nelson, senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, in a lecture Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Hickingbotham Hall’s Young Auditorium. His lecture, “News and Fake News,” is part of Ouachita’s Birkett Williams Endowed Lecture Series. “Amid all the confusion about journalism today, we are pleased to have a senior editor of the state’s leading newspaper talk about the future of journalism,” said Dr. … …more

Ouachita’s Tiger Tunes sets sales record, raises $100,000 for student scholarships

Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Baptist University’s annual Tiger Tunes production is about more than music, choreography and entertainment. This year’s scholarship fundraising event achieved both a record total of 6,750 tickets sold and a record number of 630 students participating in the show. The 39th annual Tiger Tunes competition was performed Oct. 5-7 in Jones Performing Arts Center on Ouachita’s Arkadelphia campus. In addition to staging four performances in front of sold-out audiences as part of Ouachita’s annual … …more