The Illinois higher education system consists of nine public universities on 12 campuses, 48 community colleges, 98 independent not-for-profit colleges and universities, and 29 independent for-profit institutions.
Thousands of staff and faculty on the college and university campuses have become part of the IEA-NEA during the last 20 years, but many remain unassisted in bargaining for better working conditions.
IEA represents full-time faculty, part-time faculty, non-tenure track faculty, civil service, clerical support staff and academic professionals on college and university campuses both public and private throughout Illinois. Their roles and responsibilities vary from position to position and from campus to campus.
IEA members are encouraged to participate in the process used by IPACE, the organization’s political action committee, to recommend candidates for the Illinois General Assembly. This brief video explains how the IEA legislative recommendation process works.
The struggles in higher education mirror those of PreK-12 IEA members with regard to increasing benefits and salary and having a voice in decisions that impact members.
Higher Education activities within the IEA include both organizing higher education locals and providing support to existing locals and membership. Higher education members include four-year faculty members, two-year faculty members, academic professionals, part-time faculty members, civil service employees and ESP’s.
View the list of IEA Higher Education Council members and their terms. The council is ready to answer your questions or give you assistance.
Provides organizing/development assistance to the states through the NEA regional offices, works with higher education governance, develops training packages, and does coalition work with other associations and unions.
NCHE is an independent organization for all higher education members of the National Education Association.
Contact the Higher Education Program
Higher Education Program Director
Phone: (618) 656-0010
Toll Free: (800) 462-6213
Fax: (618) 656-9478