The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities serves as the voice of Kentucky’s private, nonprofit, four-year colleges and universities and provides information about the sector for policymakers and the general public. AIKCU’s 18 member colleges and universities serve more than 35,000 students and play a critical role in Kentucky’s postsecondary education system.

AIKCU represents its member institutions in public policy issues related to higher education at the state and federal levels, raises funds for student scholarships, coordinates member services, and facilitates information sharing and collaboration among our members. AIKCU is committed to promoting high quality, affordable and accessible postsecondary choices for students and families.

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.

AIKCU consolidated the missions of two earlier organizations: the Kentucky Independent College Foundation, a fundraising organization founded in 1952, and the Council on Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities.

AIKCU exists to further interests of independent postsecondary education in Kentucky. AIKCU supports its member institutions and their students through:

  • Government relations – AIKCU acts as the voice of Kentucky’s independent higher education community in the state and federal public policy arena.
  • Fundraising – AIKCU provides an efficient vehicle for corporate partners to provide consolidated scholarship and program support.
  • Business services – AIKCU works with members and business partners to leverage collaborative opportunities that help campuses control operating costs.
  • Cooperative programs – AIKCU sponsors professional development and meetings to facilitate inter-institutional cooperation and resource-sharing, and partners with other similar organizations throughout the United States to share good practices that benefit institutions and students.
  • Education initiatives and grant administration – AIKCU coordinates and acts as the administrative agent for collaborative grant opportunities that benefit its member institutions.
  • Research – AIKCU works with members, national organizations, and the Council on Postsecondary Education to provide relevant, accurate research and analysis to inform discussions of the role independent higher education plays in Kentucky.
  • Public relations – AIKCU works closely with its members, the media, and its constituents to provide information and materials that highlight the contributions that independent higher education makes to the betterment of Kentucky.

AIKCU is a 501(c)3 organization funded primarily by member dues. The Association also receives some support from revenue generated by business services activities. AIKCU is governed by a board of directors comprised of the presidents of its member institutions and representatives from the Kentucky business community. AIKCU is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives, and the Council of Independent Colleges State Councils.