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National Higher Education Month

October is National Higher Education Month! Designated by the 2018 NEA Representative Assembly, at the urging of NEA Higher Ed delegates seeking to build bridges between PK-12 educators and students and their higher-ed colleagues and institutions, National Higher Education Month (NHEM) provides an opportunity for our students to aim higher.

Did you know?

By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. Source: Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce ( PDF)

College graduates earn about $25,000 more per year on average than high school graduates, or about a million dollars over a lifetime! Source: The College Board 
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College graduates also are more likely to be married, more likely to be happy, and live about seven years longer, on average, than those who never went to college! Source: University of Maine ( PDF)


PK-12 educators and higher-ed faculty and staff should work together to arrange for on-campus visits by students of all ages. Students who go on field trips have better grades and graduation rates, in general — but a trip to a college or university campus specifically also “can empower at-risk students by providing social capital and cultural experiences that fundamentally shatter their understanding that college is only accessible for certain people. It would provide a reason and an opportunity for students to re-engage with school.” (Source: Paul Hernandez, NEA Thought & Action, 2011.)


  • Alliance for Excellent Education: This Washington, D.C.-based non-profit aims to have every child graduate from high school, prepared for postsecondary learning and success. Check out its webinars and events.
  • AVID: Thousands of NEA members—from elementary schools through college—are engaged in AVID, a non-profit program that trains 70,000 educators annually to prepare all students for college. Trainings include cultural competency. What they call the “AVID effect” includes higher graduation and college completion rates. Check out their professional learning events.



Visit the NEA Legislative Action Center’s higher-ed hub to support the original goals of the Higher Education Act.