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On the Hill: Take Action

The Trump/DeVos budget proposal would cut billions of dollars from higher education and college affordability programs, putting higher education even further out of reach for too many Americans. Take a stand against it.

The College For All Act, introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), would make community college free and eliminate tuition at public four-year colleges and universities for most American families. Ask Congress to support it!

NEA strongly opposes the Trump/DeVos proposal to eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a federal program that promises debt relief to teachers, law enforcement officers, health workers, and more. We told Congress to keep it safe! ( PDF, 192 KB, 2 pgs.)

Free speech vs hate speech on college campuses

What happens when the good thing that is academic freedom runs into the bad thing that is hate speech? NEA faculty and staff considered the answer at the recent NEA Higher Ed conference. Read more.

Penn State's grad students are unionizing!

With fair pay, health benefits, and reasonable working conditions on the line, Penn State's grad students have asked the state labor board to hold a union election. Read more.

Trump's Muslim ban snares grad students, researchers

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García condemned Trump's order banning Muslims and refugees from seven countries, even as it blocked entry to faculty, students, and academic researchers. Read more.


TAKE ACTION! Report yourself!

In an effort to stop the madness, and stand up for academic freedom, NEA Higher Ed members are reporting themselves to the so-called "Professor Watchlist," a right-wing effort to limit the exchange of ideas in college classroom. Join them now!

NEA Higher Ed member wins National Book Award

University of Florida's Ibram X. Kendi won the National Book Award for his exploration of racist ideas in America. Recently he talked to NEA about his work.

When "yes" means "yes" on college campuses

The concept of "affirmative consent" may be an effective preventative strategy to combat sexual assaults on college campuses. Read more.

How one union won parenting leave for its members

Happy, healthy faculty families means satisfied students, too. Read more [PDF 779KB].

NEA Advocate Special Salary Issue

The 2017 NEA Advocate Special Salary Issue (PDF) is here, and it does not include particularly good news for faculty who still struggle to pay their bills. Although state funding has increased over the past five years, faculty salaries have declined slightly over the same time period. Which institutions have the best (and worst) average salaries?

NEA Higher Ed on Capitol Hill

You can help:

Urge Congress to restore the original promise of the Higher Education Act.

Ask Congress to take action on the RED Act.

NEA, AFT & AAUP issue joint recommendations for Higher Ed Act

The three unions, NEA, AFT and AAUP, representing more than 350,000 higher-education faculty and staff, have issued recommendations to Congress around the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Those recommendations include measures to make college more affordable, and also to stop and reverse the trend toward contingent academic labor. Check them out

Also, sign NEA's petition to Congress, asking them to protect the public good that is public higher education.

For more news from the NEA Office of Higher Education, go here.

NEA Higher Ed meets Hollywood!

Watch the new video that explains the work done by NEA Higher Ed unions and their members.

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College Affordability

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