Founded March 3, 1955, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) represents over 70 California private nonprofit colleges and universities. The core mission of AICCU members is to improve lives through higher education. AICCU members are committed to the public good and are incredibly diverse—ranging from large to small traditional liberal arts institutions, including nationally ranked research universities; colleges offering faith-based, performing and visual arts, and “non-traditional” programs of study; as well as professional schools that specialize in business, law, medicine, and more. Accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is required for membership, as is fulfilling a public purpose through nonprofit status. In addition to providing creative and intellectual higher education resources to assure California’s future economic vitality, AICCU members are major contributors to the economies of the regions they serve—as large employers and consumers of local goods and services. AICCU colleges and universities offer programs in more than 100 locations across California, contributing to the betterment of the state in many ways, especially through:
- Providing access to quality higher education for California’s diverse population.
- Creating highly skilled workers to successfully compete in the global economy and assure California’s continued leadership in it.
- Investing over $20 billion annually in the state and employing over 91,000 Californians.
California’s partnership with its private nonprofit colleges and universities has played a pivotal role in the development of the state’s model higher education offerings and in making California a symbol of innovation across the globe. California’s private nonprofit colleges and universities award over 20% of all undergraduate degrees and over 50% of graduate degrees in the State.
An Executive Committee of member presidents and campus trustees governs AICCU.
AICCU speaks for California’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities and seeks to strengthen those institutions through collaboration, governmental advocacy, and public engagement aimed at supporting the ability of California’s private nonprofit colleges and universities to serve students, families, their communities and the state.