Our Mission

Working together for educational opportunity.

The Waicu Mission

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

How We Advance

  • We advance the interests and promote the development of independent colleges and universities in Wisconsin.
  • We articulate the values and purposes of independent higher education and educate the public about these values and purposes.
  • We advocate equitable public policy affecting higher education in Wisconsin and nationally, and cost-effective allocation of public funds to assure freedom of choice for students in selecting an institution of higher education.
  • We administer joint ventures, resource sharing, the exchange of information and scholarship, and mutual consultation and cooperation among the twenty-four independent colleges and universities in Wisconsin.
  • We assist members in promoting access, affordability, and accountability. 
  • We advance private philanthropy in support of the mission, its members, and their nearly 60,000 students.