WAICU at a glance

This is WAICU

Wisconsin's private, nonprofit colleges and universities working together for educational opportunity.

The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) is the organization of the twenty-four independent (or private) institutions of higher learning in Wisconsin. Membership is limited to accredited, nonprofit institutions, headquartered in Wisconsin. The presidents of these institutions lead WAICU as its board of directors. All of WAICU's programs support educational opportunity.


WAICU is recognized in state statutes (ss. 15.105(25m), 15.377, 15.67, 16.979, 36.31(2m)(a)1, 36.31(2m)(a)3, 38.50, 39.285, 39.30, 39.41, 39.435, 39.437(4)(a), 115.297, and 118.55) and 2011 Governor's Executive Order # 37, 2012 Governor's Executive Order #59, 2013 Governor's Executive Order #97, and 2015 Governor's Executive Order #147 as the official organization of Wisconsin nonprofit, private (or independent) colleges and universities and their nearly 60,000 students.

Fact of the Month

WAICU member financial support to students through campus employment opportunities has more than tripled since 1999, from $1.7 to $5.3 million.

Source – HEAB reports - Wisconsin State Student Financial Aid Data

WAICU Compliance Summit

The WAICU Compliance Summit will take place August 3 and 4, 2015. The primary goal of this summit is to prioritize the top regulatory compliance issues of concern to member institutions so WAICU is better able to focus training and collaborative resources related to compliance. Compliance teams from all WAICU members will work to identify the top 10-12 compliance issues – both high risk and high probability – so that collaborative training, procedures, documents, checklists, and best practices can be shared and implemented. Professor Peter Lake will give participants an overview of compliance in higher education. For more information, please email Suzanne Lidtke, WAICU director of member services.