About AIKCU

The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities serves as the voice of Kentucky’s private, nonprofit, four-year colleges and universities. AIKCU’s 18 member colleges and universities serve more than 38,000 students and play a critical role in Kentucky’s postsecondary education system, awarding 8,000 degrees annually.

AIKCU’s diverse members include Kentucky’s 18 nonprofit, non-tax supported four-year colleges and universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education: Alice Lloyd College, Asbury University, Bellarmine University, Berea College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Kentucky Christian University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Midway University, Spalding University, Thomas More College, Transylvania University, Union College, University of the Cumberlands, and the University of Pikeville.

 

Economic Impact

Cover of AIKCU Economic Impact Report - cover imageKentucky’s private nonprofit colleges and universities add $700 million to the Kentucky economy each year and are responsible for creating nearly 10,600 Kentucky jobs, according to The economic role of Kentucky’s nonprofit colleges in the Commonwealth: Annual Economic Impact Estimate, 2014-15.

The report underscores the public benefits that a healthy private college sector provides to the commonwealth, calling the nonprofit private college sector both “one of the greatest economic and social bargains for the residents and taxpayers of Kentucky” and “one of Kentucky’s primary economic engines.”

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