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.