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National Council for Higher Education

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)

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NCHE Constitution and Bylaws Proposed Changes

The NCHE Executive Committee submitted the these proposed changes to the NCHE Constitution (click here, and download to view) and Bylaws (click here, and download to view) in accordance with amendment requirements.  Please review them and come to the NCHE meetings in Denver prepared to vote on them as a package.  Note:  If upon downloading you do not see the red changed language on each document, you may need to click “view” in the upper left side of your MS-Word tool bar.

The Executive Committee undertook this endeavor to ensure that the NCHE governing documents are clear, up-to-date, and strong.  Non-substantive changes were made by the Executive Committee and substantive changes are being presented to you for consideration.  These include a proviso related to terms of NCHE office, which you will see at the end of this attachment.

 At the NCHE Regular Annual Meeting in Denver, the Executive Committee will walk through each proposed change to explain its rationale and is eager to take any questions and have any discussion at that time.  If you have questions or concerns before that time, please address any questions DeWayne Sheaffer, NCHE President, at

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.  

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.  In March 2019, the award will be given for the second time to someone nominated through the process described in the form found in the upper right column on this page.
  • 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. 
    o Read more about it here.
    o To participate in the next round, follow these links to the application and guidelines for the Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership grants. There are three deadlines per year: February 1, June 1, and October 1.

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.

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.

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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.



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