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State-Level Organization of Independent (Not for Profit) Colleges and Universities
State-Level Organization of Independent (Not for Profit) Colleges and Universities
Alabama : Postsecondary Governance Structures

Established in 1956 and merged with the Council for the Advancement of Private Colleges in Alabama in 2006, the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) serves as the state-level organization representing 14 private colleges and universities within the state.

AAICU serves to promote and protect the interests of independent higher education in Alabama and oversee scholarship fundraising efforts for students attending its member schools. It pursues legislation favorable to member institutions at both the state and federal level and is affiliated with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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Alaska : Postsecondary Governance Structures Alaska has 3 private postsecondary institutions, and there is not a state organization for private institutions of postsecondary education. Many proprietary and vocational schools are members of the Alaska Association of Private Career Education.

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Arizona : Postsecondary Governance Structures Private colleges in Arizona do not have a state-level organization.
Arkansas : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. is a membership organization of private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the state that advocates and promotes the aims of private institutions; raises scholarship money for member colleges and universities; provides public policy recommendations; coordinates statewide discussions/meetings of private college and university presidents, chief academic officers and deans among others; and serves as the liaison between Arkansas private colleges and universities and national associations.

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California : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) represents 71 of approximately 300 degree-granting non public colleges and universities in the state. All member institutions of the AICCU are regionally accredited and account for 8% of the enrollment in accredited independent California institutions. AICCU advocates on behalf of its members and participates in policy and planning discussion and activities.
Colorado : Postsecondary Governance Structures Independent Higher Education of Colorado is the representative organization for Colorado College, Regis University and the University of Denver.
Connecticut : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges is a voluntary association of 17 independent institutions for the purpose of advising on the interests and concerns of this sector and providing advocacy for these institutions.

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Delaware : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Delaware Association of Independent Colleges, established in 1977, is the state-level organization for private institutions. The association has no official functions.

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District of Columbia : Postsecondary Governance Structures The District does not have an organization for the 18 private institutions. However, the consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area represents the interests of the 5 large private universities, the public university and 3 private colleges in the District of Columbia, and has undertaken enrollment exchange activities, joint publication projects and ongoing cooperative programs. A unified library collection project and a consortium student loan program are also in operation.

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Florida : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Inc., serves as the state organization for 27 independent, accredited colleges and universities.
Georgia : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges (GFIC) represents Georgia's 26 fully accredited, private liberal arts colleges and universities. GFIC represents its member institutions in public policy initiatives; seeks to increase student assistance from state and federal agencies and the private sector; provides fundraising and scholarship administration; develops and implements marketing and public relations activities for the association and private postsecondary education sector.

GFIC is 1 of 37 state and regional associations affiliated with the Foundation for Independent Higher Education and with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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Hawaii : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Hawaii Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is a state-level, informal organization representing the state's 3 private colleges. Faculty and staff gather periodically to discuss common issues and coordinate activities, where appropriate.

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Idaho : Postsecondary Governance Structures Idaho does not have a state-level organization for private colleges and universities.

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Illinois : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities administers all student grant and loan programs for more than 50 of the state's independent colleges and universities.

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Indiana : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Independent Colleges of Indiana represents 32 private colleges and universities within the state. The Association of Private Schools is a similar organization representing the private trade, business and technical schools in Indiana.
Iowa : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is a trade organization that conducts programs, raises money and lobbies on behalf of the 27 private colleges and universities in Iowa.

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Kansas : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Associated Independent Colleges of Kansas serves as the statewide organization representing 17 private colleges and universities.
Kentucky : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities represents and supports accredited, non tax supported, non-profit colleges and universities in government relations, fundraising, research, cooperative programs and public relations. Presently, there are 19 member institutions.
Louisiana : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities serves as the state-level organization for 8 accredited private colleges and universities.
Maine : Postsecondary Governance Structures Maine does not have a state-level organization for private colleges and universities.
Maryland : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) represents 18 private colleges and universities in the state. MICUA is responsible for: (1) interpreting to the people of the state the roles and contributions of Maryland's independent colleges and universities; (2) serving as an advocate for independent higher education in Maryland and for the diversity of postsecondary education in the state; (3) providing a forum for discussion of issues and to encourage collective action on matters of public policy, which affect institutions; (4) encouraging consultation and cooperation among MICUA's members with regard to academic programs, research, planning, financial managemen, and public service; (5) serving as a source of information for the governor, the general assembly and other agencies concerning the contributions and needs of independent postsecondary education in Maryland; (6) providing oversight of the state aid program, capital improvement grants, state and federal student financial aid programs, etc.; (7) providing a liaison to the Maryland Higher Education Commission and other state agencies, as well as to the public colleges and universities; (8) providing data gathering and research for member institutions; and (9) serving as an educational resource for its members and other institutions.

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Massachusetts : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts serves as the state-level organization for 60 private colleges and universities.

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Michigan : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities functions as the state-level organization for most of the independent, degree-granting colleges and universities.

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Minnesota : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Minnesota Private College Council, which oversees 17 private, 4-year liberal arts schools, the Minnesota Career College Association and the Minnesota Association of Private Postsecondary Schools represent the private postsecondary institutions in the state.
Mississippi : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges is an association of 10 private colleges in Mississippi and represents the interests of these colleges and supports independent postsecondary education opportunities for all citizens.

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Missouri : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri (ICUM) serves as a state-level organization for member private colleges and universities. The mission of ICUM is to represent its members before the general assembly and its executive branch of government as well as the U.S. Congress and the federal executive offices. ICUM's lobbying should fulfill the following functions: (1) promote and/or support legislation that defends or enhances the role of independent postsecondary education; (2) monitor and rally support against any proposed legislation, regulation or rule that is detrimental to the role and causes of independent postsecondary education; (3) work with similar organizations as appropriate, to further independent postsecondary education's interests on national or regional issues; and (4) work with public postsecondary education when projects or legislation give evidence of benefiting independent and public colleges and universities.
Montana : Postsecondary Governance Structures There is no formal state-level organization for private colleges and universities in the state.

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Nebraska : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Nebraska Association of Independent Colleges and Universities functions as the state-level organization for 17 private colleges and universities responsible for lobbying on behalf of their members.

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Nevada : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Nevada Association of Private Schools exists in name only, with no current organizational structure or membership. There is no other state-level organization for private colleges and universities.

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New Hampshire : Postsecondary Governance Structures New Hampshire does not have a state-level organization representing independent colleges and universities, but both the New Hampshire College and University Council and the Postsecondary Education Commission have a membership of public and private universities.

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New Jersey : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey (AICUNJ) serves as the statewide voluntary organization representing the 14 independent colleges and universities with a public mission. AICUNJ was founded in 1966 by several independent college presidents to seek state support for the independent college sector and influence public policy and legislation affecting member institutions. The AICUNJ bylaws specify various activities for fulfilling its purpose and various routine functions.

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New Mexico : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Council of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Mexico functions as the state-level organization for 3 private colleges and lobbies the legislature for support for the 3 member institutions.
New York : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities serves as the state-level organization for the 141 independent institutions.

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North Carolina : Postsecondary Governance Structures The North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is the state-level voluntary membership organization for 37 private colleges and universities. It provides some data and information about its members and represents their interests in the General Assembly.

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North Dakota : Postsecondary Governance Structures The North Dakota Independent College Fund (NDICF) functions as the state organization for 2 private colleges. It serves as a foundation and accepts corporate funding for scholarships.

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Ohio : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) is a voluntary membership organization serving 51 private colleges and universities in the state. "AICUO conducts public relations, research and government relations work for its members. It represents the interest of its members to Ohio's lawmakers, regulators, and citizens. AICUO seeks to strengthen financial aid programs for students and bring about a greater understanding of the impact and contributions of independent colleges and universities in Ohio. At the same time, AICUO works to promote the well-being of Ohio's higher education system as a whole, with special regard for the dual private/public nature of that system and its responsibility to serve the educational, social and cultural needs of the state and nation." AICUO Web site http://www.aicuo.edu/
Oklahoma : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Oklahoma Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is the state organization for the private colleges and universities.

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Oregon : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Oregon Independent Colleges Association represents Oregon's 16 regionally accredited nonprofit higher education institutions. It provides members institutions with government relations and public policy development, research analysis, communications and a variety of coordinated group services (e.g., Fact Book).
Pennsylvania : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, a non-governmental body, serves as the state organization for 77 private colleges and universities.

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Puerto Rico : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Association of Presidents of Private Colleges and Universities and the Puerto Rico Association of Independent Colleges and Schools are nongovernmental, nonpartisan organizations that serve as advocacy groups for their respective members.
Rhode Island : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Rhode Island Independent Higher Education Association is composed of the presidents of the independent institutions of higher education in Rhode Island. By statute, the chairperson of the group (or designee) serves on the board of directors of the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority.

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South Carolina : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Independent Colleges and Universities of South Carolina, Inc. provides a forum for the private institutions to coordinate activities, share ideas and lobby for the collective group of private institutions.
South Dakota : Postsecondary Governance Structures The South Dakota Association of Private Colleges serves as a state organization for private colleges, universities and tribal institutions. The organization provides advocacy and fundraising functions for its member organizations.

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Tennessee : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association promotes cooperative programs among 35 member institutions, fundraises from the corporate sector, provides public policy and research analysis, and is recognized in the master plan.

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Texas : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc. represents the interests of the state's 37 independent (private) colleges and universities before the Texas Legislature and other organizations and groups.
Utah : Postsecondary Governance Structures None.

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Vermont : Postsecondary Governance Structures Most private colleges and universities are members of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges.

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Virginia : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) represents 24 of the 40 private institutions in the state. Founded in 1971, CICV works to promote the interests of nonprofit, independent higher education in Virginia. See the Additional Information section for more information on the work of the CICV.
Washington : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Washington Friends of Higher Education: Independent Colleges of Washington is a voluntary organization responsible for coordinating collaborative activities of the private colleges and universities in Washington.
West Virginia : Postsecondary Governance Structures The West Virginia Association of Independent Colleges and Universities provides support to 9 fully accredited, private postsecondary institutions.
Wisconsin : Postsecondary Governance Structures The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is responsible for voluntary coordination and collaboration among 21 of the state's private colleges and universities.

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Wyoming : Postsecondary Governance Structures There are no private nonprofit degree-granting institutions in Wyoming.

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