Policy-Related Organizations in Higher Education

American Council on Education. National umbrella association for higher education. Current information on higher education policy, legislation, and national developments. http://www.acenet.edu

Association of American Colleges and Universities. National association committed to making the aims of liberal learning a vigorous and constant influence on institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education. http://www.aacu-edu.org/

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Association of American Universities

Carnegie Classification Definitions. http://www.educause.edu/memdir/carnegie/carnegie-def.html#TEACH

Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning. http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/cihe/

The Collegiate Way: Residential Colleges and Higher Education Reform
A comprehensive site advocating small, decentralized residential colleges within large universities as a means to improve the quality of campus life. Includes many pages of detailed recommendations, case studies, answers to common objections, suggested reading, a directory of residential colleges worldwide, and more. http://collegiateway.org

Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. Association representing independent higher education in New York State. Site includes policy and legistlative links of both state and national interest. http://www.cicu.org

Committee on Education and the Workforce (US House of Representatives). Information on current and past legislative activity, committee membership and structure. http://www.house.gov/eeo

Council of Great City Schools. Organization of the nation’s largest urban public school systems advocating K-12 education in inner-city schools and governed by superintendents and board of education members from 50 cities across the country. http://www.cgcs.org

Council of Higher Education Management Associations. Informal voluntary assembly of 30 management-oriented higher education associations in the United States and Canada. http://chema-www.colorado.edu/

Council of Independent Colleges

Council for Advancement and Support of Education


High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. Independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public advocacy organization with a mission to improve the life chances of children and youth by promoting high quality education programs. http://www.highscope.org

Higher Education Funding Council for England. Promotes and funds high-quality, cost-effective teaching and research in colleges and universities in England. http://www.hefce.ac.uk/

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. Nondepartmental public body established under the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992. The Council is concerned with the funding of colleges and institutions of higher education and universities in Wales, and has the power to fund higher education in further education colleges. http://www.niss.ac.uk/education/hefcw/

The Hudson Institute. Policy centers and projects on a variety of topics, including welfare, the Middle East, national security, European and Eurasian studies, global food issues, and crime policies, with articles, research scholar biographies, and more. http://www.hudson.org

International Association of Universities. UNESCO-affiliated organization formally established in 1950 to encourage links between universities and colleges throughout the world. http://www.unesco.org/iau/

Internet Resources for Institutional Research. Comprehensive listing of organizations, publications, research, and policy tools for higher education administrators and researchers. Maintained by the Association for Institutional Research. http://www.airweb.org/links

Midwestern Higher Education Commission. Promotes interstate cooperation and resource sharing in higher education. Member states are Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. http://www.umn.edu/mhec/

National Academy for Educational Leadership

National Association of State Boards of Education. Nonprofit association that represents state and territorial boards of education. http://www.nasbe.org/

National Committee on Higher Education (UK). Committee appointed to recommend how the purposes, shape, structure, size, and funding of higher education, including support for students, should develop to meet the needs of the United Kingdom over the next 20 years. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncihe/nav.htm

National Council for Higher Education. Independent organization for higher education members within the National Education Association. http://www.nea.org/he/nche/index.html

National Education Statistical Information Systems. Joint program of UNESCO/ADEA to develop self-sustainable statistical information systems for education policy needs in Africa. http://nesis.easynet.fr/

National School Boards Association. Nationwide advocacy and outreach organization for public school governance. http://www.nsba.org/

National Society for Experiential Education: http://www.nsee.org/

New England Board of Higher Education. Nonprofit, congressionally authorized regional agency dedicated to higher education and economic development in the New England states. http://www.nebhe.org/org.html

Nuffic, the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education: http://www.nuffic.nl

Policy Center on the First Year of College. The center has as its mission the improvement of the first year of college, to increase learning and success among first-year students. A particular focus of the center is the development of assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of first-year institutional programs, policies, and structures.

Program for Research On Private Higher Education (PROPHE)

Project on the Future of Higher Education, Antioch University

Salzburg Seminar and the Universities Project: http://www.salzburgseminar.org

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. Established in June 1992 under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act to provide financial support for teaching, research, and associated activities in Scottish higher education institutions. http://www.shefc.ac.uk/shefc/welcome.htm

Smithsonian Institution, Education, and Scholarly Services. Includes resources for teachers, information about the “natural partners electronic classroom,” and access to the Smithsonian’s collections, research, and exhibits for students and teachers. http://www.si.edu/activity/planvis/sic/educate.htm

Telecampus. Directory of college courses available on the Internet. http://telecampus.edu/

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Facilitates resource sharing and cost-effective services among 15 western states and their public and private colleges and universities. http://www.wiche.edu/


See Also:

Professional Associations

Research Centers

The Templeton Foundation’s Resource Directory
– profiles 70 higher-education organizations that encourage — through programs or publications — one or more dimensions of character development.

WICHE list of Higher Education Organizations