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 the statewide association that represents Missouri’s non-profit independent institutions. ICUM members are a diverse array of four-year and two-year colleges and universities, educating an equally diverse group of students across the state. More than 130,000 students attend main campuses and satellite facilities in communities throughout Missouri.

The Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri (ICUM) is the statewide association that represents Missouri’s non-profit, independent, higher educational institutions.  ICUM members are a diverse array of four-year and two-year private colleges and universities, educating an equally diverse group of students across the state.  Independent institutions educate over 125,000 students each year at main campuses and satellite facilities in communities throughout Missouri.

ICUM speaks with one voice for Missouri’s independent colleges and universities, advocating for public policies that promote and protect our member institutions and their students.