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Save the date! And sumbit your session proposals!

March 15 - 16, 2018 
The 2018 NEA Higher Education Conference (pre-Summit):
Check out the request for proposals (RFP), and submit by Nov. 3.
Registration coming soon. Refer back to this website for updates!
Download the flyer ( PDF, 494 KB, 1 pg.)

Campus Equity Week 2017

Campus Equity Week day of action is coming! On Oct. 31, contingent faculty and others are invited to take part in activities that may include performance art, social media, and more. Learn more.

Check out the latest Thought & Action Journal!

Read more about dual enrollment, guns on campuses, and the importance of state-level advocacy. Download the issue ( PDF, 576 KB, 131 pgs.) or order a free print copy with the special code NEAHIGHERED.


The NEA Special Salary Issue is here!

The annual special salary issue of the NEA Advocate, which includes average salary data from every public college and university in the U.S., is here. 

On the Hill: Take Action

The Trump/DeVos budget proposal would eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), a 10-year-old program that promises to erase the remaining student debt of educators, firefighters, and other public-service workers who have faithfully paid on their loans for 10 years. (Read more about the program and the threat against it, here.) NEA members strongly believe PSLF must be protected. To that end, NEA has:

  1. We told Congress to keep it safe! PDF, (192 KB, 2 pgs.)
  2. We helped set up a PSFL Caucus on Congress that will work to protect the program.
  3. We continue to urge our members to tell their Senators and Representatives to reject the Trump/DeVos plan to eliminate PSLF.

The Trump/DeVos budget proposal also 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.

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 Higher Ed on Capitol Hill

You can help:

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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