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National Council for Higher Education

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)

Your Advocate For Higher Education

Your Advocate For Higher Education.

Welcome to the National Council for Higher Education's (NCHE) web site. NCHE is an independent membership organization for all higher education members of the National Education Association who join.

Learn more about NCHE here


With the cancellation of the NCHE meetings in Orlando this week, NCHE is developing a plan to hold its elections remotely.  The first step is an important one:  You must be a member of NCHE by the date of the scheduled meeting in order to be eligible to vote, per the NCHE constitution.

The NCHE Constitution states that you must have paid your dues “prior to the start of the meeting” in order to be eligible to vote.  In keeping with the spirit of that provision, you must join or renew your membership by March 12, 2020 (11:59pm EDT).  You may do so in one of two ways:

·  Via this link by 11:59pm EDT, March 12, 2020Join NCHE Now

·  By mail postmarked no later than March 12, 2020 and received by 5pm EDT, March 19, 2020.  Forms for mail-in renewals

Details of the election process will be shared in the coming days.  Please check this website frequently for updates.


National Council for Higher Education
Regular Annual Meeting

March 12, 2020
Orlando, FL

NEA announced on March 6, 2020 that the NEA Higher Education Conference, scheduled for March 12-13, 2020 in Orlando, Florida, is cancelled due to concerns surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

As a result, all NCHE meetings and activities associated with that conference also are cancelled.

Please check this NCHE webpage late next week for information on how NCHE elections and endorsements will be handled.

Also, please see below the letter sent out from NEA.  It includes links for asking questions about your own particular travel details.

Dear NEA Member,

We are writing to share important updates about upcoming NEA conferences.

The nation’s students, educators, and all their families are at the forefront of our minds as we grapple with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. When we make hard decisions, the safety of our members, students, staff, and guests is our top priority.

We have concluded that we must cancel many of our upcoming conferences. In making this decision, we fully considered the human, programmatic, and financial impacts, but it all came back to safety. 

The following conferences have been canceled:  

  • National Leadership Summit in Orlando (March 13-15) 
  • Higher Education Conference in Orlando (March 12-13)
  • NEA-Retired Conference in Orlando (March 15-16) 
  • ESP Conference in New Orleans (March 20-22)

Conference attendees will receive a separate email shortly with information for cancelling travel and other logistical details.   

If you have a question about your conference or logistics, please fill out this form.

Please be assured we will send out additional information as soon as possible, but we want to notify you of the cancellations immediately.

This is an unprecedented situation. Because of the size and scope of these events, we will be unable to reschedule them for this year.

NEA leaders and staff pour countless hours into planning and running these conferences. It’s work they love doing, because our core values are to support and strengthen NEA members. We’re making this decision to cancel these events out of that same dedication.  

Your families, students, and fellow NEA members rely on your health, safety, and strength every single day. We simply can’t ask you to take that risk. We’re erring on the side of safety. At the end of the day we can always hold another conference next year, but we can’t be flexible with the health of all our members and the students they serve.

NEA staff will follow-up with you shortly, but in the meantime please stay calm, stay vigilant, and remain united in our mission to serve our members, students, and communities.

TOGETHER, we can and will get through this crisis.  

In solidarity,

Lily Eskelsen García                           
National Education Association   

Kim Anderson  
Executive Director    
National Education Association


Membership | Join NCHE Now!

To join NCHE or to renew your membership, please click here to use our online membership page (credit cards accepted) or fill out the appropriate form and send it with a check as instructed on the form. 

Individuals ( PDF, 83 KB, 1pg.), Associates, ( PDF, 88 KB, 1pg.) and Organizations (PDF, 130 KB, 1pg.) may become members of NCHE so that we can continue to lobby for the interests of our 150,000 NEA higher education members.

Please encourage your colleagues and your organizations to join as well.

NCHE – Take Action!

NCHE meets regularly with NEA’s lobbying and policy staff to consult on federal issues of importance to higher education.  To urge Congress to move in the right direction, we must raise our voices on issues that matter to our profession, our students, our organization, and our nation.

NEA maintains an action center on current issues, focusing on a wide range of federal initiatives that can have impact on each of us.  The general page links to education-specific issues and other critical areas of focus like workers’ rights, health care, individual rights and freedoms, and retirement security.  There you can access priority bills in Congress that NEA supports as well as action alerts to communicate with your member of Congress.  This general page is found here: NEA Federal Legislation Issues and Action

The page from above will also lead you to links that focus specifically on higher education and career and technical education legislation.  Separate links are provided here for ease of access to the critical and time-sensitive information.

NEA Higher Education Legislative Issues

NEA Career and Technical Education Legislative Issues

NEA Foundation Supports NCHE and NEA Higher Educators

The NEA Foundation provides critical support to higher education.  For example:

  • NCHE recently created an annual Higher Educator of the Year Award.  To NCHE’s surprise and jubilation, the  NEA Foundation is supporting this effort with a monetary award of $10,000 for the winner, equal to that of its support for the annual NEA ESP Award. 
  • The Foundation awards grants three times each year to NEA members to support both classroom innovation and professional development – and in each round, some of those grantees are higher education members.  In the very competitive fall 2018 round, the Foundation awarded support for a team featuring faculty and staff from a higher education institution. 

GPS Fund Grants

NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund enables grant awardees to improve student success. Since 2013, the GPS Fund has provided funds to state affiliates, local affiliates, and partnerships that demonstrate leadership in enhancing the quality of public education and engaging members. Award criteria focus on ensuring successful students, accomplished professionals, dynamic collaboration, and empowering leaders. Go here to learn more about the grants already awarded, about guidelines and deadlines, and about the application process.

edCommunities, NEA’s online professional learning and engagement community, hosts many private and public discussion groups. To connect with groups of educators, school support professionals, and other colleagues about how NEA’s GPS Fund Grants can work for you, first go here to become a member then enter key word Grants in the search function and join the “NEA Grants 4 Great Public Schools” group.

Hot Topics:

News from the Hunter College National Center: Please click here for the latest news from the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions. You will find information about the spring 2018 conference, including the Request for Proposals.

Dual Enrollment:

Dual enrollment is an issue that draws much discussion and takes many forms throughout the country.  NCHE Executive Committee member Alec Thompson recently presented on this topic at the NEA Leadership Summit in Dallas, Texas, in February 2016.  This presentation may be found here.

Deadlines approaching:

Nominate dedicated and talented higher education colleagues for these two NCHE/NEA prestigious awards!

NCHE Davenport Award

NCHE/NEA Higher Educator of the Year Award

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