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The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in Congress has attracted a lot of attention this fall, but it's not the only education measure under review. This is the 50th anniversary of the original Higher Education Act (HEA), and many people feel it's time for change.

First passed in 1965 to ensure that every individual has access to higher education, regardless of income, the law governs the nation’s student-aid programs, federal aid to colleges, and oversight of teacher preparation. The reauthorization process is the perfect opportunity to re-address those areas of the law that are broken.

NEA priorities include:

To help this effort, NEA, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), representing more than 350,000 higher-education faculty and staff, together have issued recommendations to Congress [PDF] around the reauthorization of HEA. Along with guidelines to make college more affordable, the document also contains language aimed at reversing the trend toward the use of contingent academic labor.

What you can do: sign NEA's petition to Congress, asking it to protect the public good that is public higher education. And join NEA's Degrees Not Debt campaign to protect the interests of our post-secondary students.

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Please join the 2016 NEA Higher Education Organizing Conference: Unite. Inspire. Lead. - Transforming Lives Through Higher Education

April 1-3
Sheraton Hotel and Marina, San Diego, CA

Leadership Day
Thursday, March 31
9:00 am — 4:00 pm

NEA HE Conference Registration is now open! 



The National Council for Higher Education - Who may join?

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is an independent organization for all higher education members within the National Education Association. NCHE membership is open both to individuals and organizations.

Organizational Membership

Any higher education local or statewide affiliate may join NCHE. Annual dues for units with 11-100 members are $120; 101-200 members, $240; 201-500 members, $420; and for more than 500 members, $600.

Individual Membership

Any NEA member currently employed in a college or university, on leave from, or seeking employment at, such an institution, or any member of NEA-Retired whose primary employment was in higher education. Annual dues are $24.

Associate Membership

Any K-12 NEA member, student, NEA-Retired, NEA staff, or affiliate staff member (nonvoting) who supports its purposes and activities may join NCHE in this category. Annual dues are $10.

NCHE members participate directly in the development of NCHE policy and receive a regular newsletter, as well as special publications regarding NEA and its affiliates. Organizational members receive additional mailings.

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