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About NCHE

About NCHE

Your Advocate for Higher Education


NCHE Purpose and Priorities

NCHE represents higher educators within the NEA.  Its purpose is to make NEA higher education voices heard in a big, powerful, important organization in which we are a smaller but critical element of the broader membership.  NCHE advocates for higher education services and programs that connects with NEA’s mission and vision within our national organization.  Our priorities include:

  • Identifying and focusing on the interests and concerns of NEA higher education members and affiliates
  • Promoting NEA as the representative agent for higher education
  • Recommending programs within NEA to address the challenges faced by college and university faculty and staff
  • Fighting for academic justice and excellence

NCHE Works for You!

NCHE advocates to meet the needs of higher educators and to honor our profession.

NCHE’s efforts include:

  • Advocating for NEA higher education members in official NEA governance meetings
  • Holding an Official Observer seat at meetings of the NEA Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Budget Committee
  • Being a key leader in its work on the NEA Higher Education Conference Planning Committee
  • Working with NEA on legislative advocacy initiatives and federal regulations relating to postsecondary education and higher education employment
  • Consulting with NEA Research to ensure that NEA has information needed to serve its higher education members
  • Sharing expertise with NEA Communications on publications and media targeted to and regarding higher education 

Recent successes include:

  • Expansion of the NCHE awards program for NEA higher educators to include a $10,000 award for the NEA/NCHE Higher Educator of the Year
  • Establishment of a Higher Education Research Center to collect information and data for dissemination to local faculty and staff organizations, especially salary and contract data
  • Advocacy efforts in Congress for increased funds for student aid, including the Pell grant program, by working with NEA’s lobby and policy teams
  • Establishment a position for NEA regarding sexual harassment on college and university campuses
  • Support and encouragement for the development of mentoring programs for minority students and faculty
  • Outline for an expanded role for faculty in the governance of two-year and four-year colleges and universities
  • Funds to conduct annual professional seminars on issues of concern to the higher education community
  • Advocacy for NEA governance positions for higher education 

NCHE Member Benefits

  • Voting rights at NCHE member meetings – the business meeting held in conjunction with the NEA Higher Education Conference and NCHE meetings at the NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly
  • Engagement with candidates for NEA office who visit during NCHE meetings
  • Timely news and information important to all NEA higher education members and to NCHE members specifically, via an exclusive NCHE listserv
  • Opportunities to engage in dialogue with NEA leaders and key NEA staff speaking at NCHE meetings
  • Participation as a strong voice for higher education within NEA