The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership; advance institutional excellence; and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society.
The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani is a member of The Council of Independent Colleges.
CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities.
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has five categories of membership: Institutional, International, Associate, Affiliate, and State Fund. CIC's total membership includes more than 700 colleges, universities and organizations.