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Join the celebration! It's Higher Education Month

During October, we celebrate the dedicated faculty and staff who ensure our students are able to grab their piece of the American Dream through higher education.

Higher Education Month Events

Check out these events as we celebrate faculty and staff on campuses across the nation!
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Oct. 6

To kick off National Higher Ed Month we were joined by Representative Katie Porter and leaders from NEA's National Council for Higher Education to talk about investing in higher education and issues currently before Congress.
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Oct. 13

We were Joined Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs and Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education and NEA Vice President Princess Moss for a conversation on issues impacting you and your campus. Use the form below to ask questions and join us for this important dialogue.
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Oct. 14

We joined a national day of action to #TruthBeTold about structural racism and oppression.
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Your work matters. Our work matters. From pre-kindergarten to higher education, every NEA member is connected in the mission of the NEA—to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.
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Share Your Higher Ed Pride Online!

Use these links to add our Facebook profile frame, download our virtual background, or join our NEA Higher Ed group on Facebook!

Take Action!

The current reconciliation bill contains $111 billion for higher education programs and federal student aid, including tuition-free community college and investments to historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions.

Are you faculty or staff at a place of higher learning?

Become an NEA Higher Ed Member!

What you need to know about NEA Membership:

  • Your national union can help you get the contract you deserve. 
    NEA Higher Ed maintains a comprehensive, searchable database of college and university metrics, including employee salaries, and has trained higher ed leaders in the growing practice of bargaining for the common good.

  • Your union also can help you be a better educator. 
    NEA’s partnership with the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network is producing a robust, online library of Thriving in Academe guides.

  • …and improve your leadership skills, too.  
    NEA provides a variety of training opportunities and resources, including advanced workshops at the NEA National Leadership Summit and pre-summit NEA Higher Ed conference. 

  • Stay informed with NEA emails and webinars. 
    NEA Higher Ed members get the scoop from the NEA Higher Ed email newsletter, which provides opportunities to advocate on federal legislation, learn about trends on campuses, and more. 

  • Get a voice in the development of progressive policy. 
    NEA’s Representative Assembly has committed to measures to promote safe campuses, equity for contingent faculty, and a balanced approach to online learning. 

  • Be protected. 
    The NEA Educators Employment Liability (EEL) Program protects most union members with up to $1 million in personal liability coverage for incidents arising from their work. 

  • Join us in standing up for social and racial justice. 
    NEA has committed to eradicating institutional racism in every level of education, and is working to protect immigrant students and employees, as well as LGBTQ students and employees, and is organizing faculty and staff on HBCU campuses. 

  • And save money, too! 
    You don’t join a union for discounts at restaurants and hotels… but NEA Member Benefits also offers financial services around homeownership, student loan repayment, and retirement planning, plus member rates on insurance access to the NEA long-term care program. 

Become a member!

NEA Higher Education news you may have missed

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Meet the 2021 Higher Educator of the Year!

California educator Julius Thomas, a counselor at Rio Hondo College, was selected by his peers as this year's Higher Educator of the Year
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Florida Faculty Fighting for Free Speech and Ideas

A new Florida law requiring state universities to survey faculty and students on their "viewpoints" is an attempt to chill everyone's right to free speech.
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Professional Pay in Higher Education

Faculty, staff and graduate assistants should be fairly compensated for their work. But a new study shows pay is lacking, especially for contingent faculty and graduate assistants.

Higher Education is the Gateway to the American Dream

Resources

National Council of Higher Education 

NCHE is an independent membership organization for all higher education members of the National Education Association who join. 

Join NCHE!

Five Tips for Successful Class Field Trips 

A college or university visit can empower at-risk students by providing experiences that fundamentally change their feelings that college is only accessible to certain people. Check out these great tips from NEA Member Benefits before your next field trip.

Learn More!

State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shares that a decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historical levels.

Read More!

National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.