The primary function of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri (ICUM) is to represent its members before the Missouri General Assembly and its Executive branch of government as well as the Congress and the Federal Executive offices. 

In so doing, professional lobbying will represent the best interests of the member’s colleges and universities by fulfilling these functions:

  • Promoting and/or supporting legislation that defends or enhances the role of independent higher education.
  • Monitoring and rallying support against any proposed legislation, regulation, or rule which is detrimental to the role and causes of independent higher education.
  • Working with similar organizations as appropriate, to further independent higher education’s interests on national or regional issues.
  • Working with public higher education when projects or legislation give evidence of benefiting independent and public colleges and universities.

The mission of ICUM will be best fulfilled if all eligible institutions are members.  To that end, a professional lobbyist, guided by and responsible to the membership must provide such leadership and work within a guarded budget, so as to make member benefits obvious and membership fees reasonable.



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Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri
P.O. Box 1865
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1865
(573) 635-9160
Fax: (573) 635-6258

Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri (ICUM) is a statewide association that proudly represents Missouri's independent sector. Our member institutions represent a diverse array of four-year and two-year independent colleges and universities that are located across Missouri, educating an equally diverse group of students.

Missouri is fortunate to have a strong presence of independent colleges and universities. The independent sector enrolls 35 percent of the students in the state. Independent institutions in Missouri award 47 percent of all degrees, including 68 percent of those at the post-baccalaureate level. This is a significant and essential contribution to the preparation of Missouri's workforce and the state's economic development.

Independent colleges and universities are also key drivers of economic stability and development for our localities and regions. The independent sector's direct economic impact exceeds $3.4 billion annually. Collectively, independent institutions employ some 22,000 workers in communities across Missouri.

ICUM speaks with one voice for our members, advocating for public policies that promote and protect independent institutions and their students.