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)(c), 15.377, 15.67, 15.675(1)(c), 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, 2015 Governor's Executive Order #147, and 2015 Wisconsin Act 208 as the official organization of Wisconsin nonprofit, private (or independent) colleges and universities and their more than 57,000 students.