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NEW! 2018 Special Salary Issue

The annual special salary issue includes average full-time faculty salaries from every public institution in the U.S. It also explores salary trends over the past 20 years, the gender gap, and the HBCU pay penalty. Download it here( PDF, 2.5 MB, 40 pgs.) 

2018 Higher Education Conference March 15-16, 2018

Higher Education instructions for registering for 2018 Higher Education Conference Breakout Sessions ( PDF, 112 KB, 2 pg.)

Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601

Registration for the 2018 NEA-Retired Conference opened January 8, 2018. Registration fee: $50

Please click here to register for the conference and click here to make your hotel reservation.

If you have any questions, please contact Karla Medina at


March 15 - 16, 2018 

The 2018 NEA Higher Education Conference (pre-Summit):  

 Download the flyer ( PDF, 494 KB, 1 pg.)

NEA Higher Ed on Capitol Hill

The PROSPER Act, introduced to Congress in late November, aims to replace the federal Higher Education Act (HEA). NEA opposes much of what's in the act, including the elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, limits on federal borrowing for families, and the revocation of regulations for for-profit colleges. Learn more.

The GOP tax bill, which has passed the House and Senate, would make it even more difficult for middle-class Americans to afford a higher education, and would make it especially costly for graduate students. Tell Congress to fix the bill before it becomes law.

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.


What's new in the NEA Advocate?

Check out the latest "Thriving in Academe"—this one about how to teach for deep learning.

Read about the homeless professor who lives in her car.

Also, 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!

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.

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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