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BYLAWS

ICHE

BYLAWS

AMENDED JANUARY 28, 2014

NAME & LOCATION

THE NAME OF THE COUNCIL IS

  1. The International Council for Higher Education.
  2. The Registered office of the Council will be Moosbrunnenstr. 11, 8426 Lufingen/Zurich, Switzerland. The Council will operate through its office for all matters relating to the official status. The Executive Board may authorize officers and offices in other locations to function on its behalf.
  3. The International Council for Higher Education is an international body pursuing excellence in academic programs and promoting sustainable models of higher education, particularly in countries where education is restricted or is in need of enhancement.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

THE AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF THE COUNCIL AS FOLLOWS:

  1. To recognize valid educational programs and to authorize issuance of academic awards.
  2. To offer assistance and advice to institutions in keeping with the highest standards of international education.
  3. To network individuals and institutions engaged in higher education in order to pursue common concerns for the cause of excellence.
  4. To engage in educational programs and projects of global concern.
  5. To provide accreditation to institutions and programs that seek the same and comply with the standards established.
  6. To validate programs and institutions where appropriate and needed.
  7. To attend events providing resourcing, networking, consulting and connectedness to institutional members.
  8. To serve as a voice for integrated higher education in the Christian tradition among member institutions as well as to other entities and institutions.
  9. To maintain faithful adherence and commitment to the Christ- centered mission in promoting higher education globally.

STATEMENT OF

FAITH

WE BELIEVE THE FOLLOWING AFFIRMATIONS TO BE FUNDAMENTAL TO LIFE & EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES.

  1. One God, the creator, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who is the ground of truth and who reveals himself in creation and in his word, the Bible.
  2. Our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom (Colossians 2:3), God manifest in the flesh, his virgin birth, his sinless life of loving service, his divine miracles, his vicarious and atoning death, his bodily resurrection, his ascension, his mediatorial work, and his personal return in power and glory.
  3. The Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth (John 16:13), and by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness, and to work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
  4. The Holy Scriptures, originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely truthful, the supreme authority in all matters of faith, learning, and life, the true record of God’s work of creation, redemption, and the consummation of history. The creation of humankind, male and female, in the image of God, called to be stewards of creation in its multifaceted dimensions (Genesis 1:26)
  5. Salvation of lost and sinful humanity has been made available through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, by faith, apart from works.
  6. The unity of all believers, the Church, the body of Christ, to which Christ has given gifted leaders to equip God’s people for spiritual maturity and works of service.
  7. The resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the saved to the resurrection of life, the lost to the resurrection of damnation.
  8. The great commandment and the great commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, which urge us to equip his people by example and training, and to reach out to the world in which he calls us to serve in justice and love.

CHARACTERISTICS OF EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION

ICHE ADVOCATES THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS AS BEING ESSENTIAL FOR THE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

  1. Integrity and transparency in the institution’s conduct of all its activities through truthful equitable and humane policies dealing with students, faculty, staff and other constituencies.
  2. Clearly stated mission and goals appropriate to the institution's resources and the needs of its constituents.
  3. Programs and courses which develop general intellectual skills (such as the ability to understand and test truth claims, to identify assumptions, and to conceive and weigh alternatives), which nurture moral and spiritual growth, which develop relational and professional effectiveness, and which cultivate ability to communicate effectively in a culturally diverse world.
  4.  Curricula which are grounded in Biblical truth, even when they address human cultures, arts, and sciences, or when they attend to occupational requirements; Intellectual, physical, financial, and human resources adequate to support the mission and programs of the institution and to assure its continuing viability and success.
  5. Policies and procedures which lead to the effective assessment of institutional and program goals, and of student learning.
  6. Organization, administration, and governance which facilitate integrated teaching and learning, and which foster their improvement within a community committed to the pursuit of truth. Responsiveness to the need for institutional change and renewal appropriate to institutional mission, goals, and resources..

MEMBERSHIP

The membership of the Council will be open, by invitation, to educational institutions, educators, and agencies of higher education throughout the world, and to those organizations whose reputation is founded upon a commitment to the aims and objectives listed above. Members will be required to affirm the By-Laws of the Council through an application and approval process.

THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES OF MEMBERS WILL BE REGISTERED BY THE COUNCIL

  1. Institutional Members — membership is open to academic institutions and other institutions engaged in higher education programs.
  2. Individual Members — membership is open to individuals who seek to participate in the mission and network of ICHE.
  3. Honorary Members — The Council may invite individuals with recognized achievement in higher education to honorary membership in the Council.

ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP

  1. Institutions desiring membership in the Council must be nominated by a current member of the Council.
  2. Nominated institutions may apply through the office of the President through a procedure established by the Executive Board.
  3. Applications must be approved by the Executive Board and are presented at the next assembly meeting..

PRIVILEGES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS

  1. Institutional members are entitled to one vote in the Council.
  2. Individual members and honorary members are entitled to voice, but no vote, in the Council.
  3. All members may nominate to membership institutions and individuals known to reflect the qualities and commitments promoted by the Council.
  4. All members will receive such benefits as may from time to time be offered by the Council in fulfilling its mission.
  5. All members, apart from honorary members, will pay annual membership fees set by the Council.

MEETINGS

Regular meetings of the Council will be held at least every year in various parts of the world. Every three years, the council will conduct a triennial meeting considered to be of greater importance and global impact and focused upon the mission and strategic role of the Council in global higher education. Terms of office of the Council Board shall coincide with the Triennial meetings.

 

MANAGEMENT

Regular meetings of the Council will be held at least every year in various parts of the world. Every three years, the council will conduct a triennial meeting considered to be of greater importance and global impact and focused upon the mission and strategic role of the Council in global higher education. Terms of office of the Council Board shall coincide with the Triennial meetings.

 

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Executive Board of the Council shall be comprised of a minimum of five members and a maximum of nine members. Eligibility for membership on Executive Board includes active participation in the affairs of the Council, evident support of the mission and aims of the Council, a Christian character, and effective leadership experience. The Executive Board shall consist of:

 

i. The Chairperson

ii. The President

iii. Treasurer

iv. Secretary

v. Additional members so as to comprise the minimum number of board members

 

Election to the Executive Board shall be held at the Triennial Assembly of the Council. In the case of a vacancy in the board, members may be elected at regular annual meetings of the Council for a term to conclude at the following Triennial Assembly. A slate of nominees shall be presented by a Nominating Committee. The nominating committee is to be appointed by the Executive Board and is to consist of one member of the Executive Board and two members of the Council not currently represented on the Executive Board. Official delegates of full member institutions are eligible for election to the Executive Board, with the following provisions:

 

1. No Full Member institution may be represented on the Executive Board by more than one officer.

2. The Executive Board will meet at least once each year between Triennial Assemblies of the Council. The agenda of the meeting will be circulated to the Executive Board at least one month before the meeting.

3. The Executive Board may conduct business provided five members, one of whom shall be the President, are present.

4. The Chairperson shall preside over all meetings of the Council and of the Executive Board. In the absence of the Chair, those present may nominate any Board member to preside over that particular meeting.

 

The officers of the Council shall consist of:

THE CHANCELLOR

Responsibilities of the Chancellor include:

  1. Serving as an ambassador at large of the Council by using networking occasions to represent the Council and its mission;
  2. To provide high level connections and validation of Council activities and personnel;
  3. To attend and participate in Board meetings and annual events;
  4. To accept projects and responsibilities from the Board which may best be accomplished through the experience and profile of the office;
  5. To serve together with the chairperson and president in collaborative guidance on major issues confronting the Council.

THE CHAIRPERSON

Responsibilities of the Chairperson include:

  1. Chairing all meetings of the Council and the Executive Board;
  2.  Upholding the Statement of Faith and the Standards of Excellence of the Council;
  3. Assuring accountability of other officers of the Council.
  4. The Chairperson shall be a delegate of a full member institution and shall be elected by the Council to a three-year term, which renewable. The term of the Chairperson shall expire at the close of a Triennial Assembly.

THE PRESIDENT

The President is the chief executive officer. The President shall be accountable to the Executive Board through the Chair. Responsibilities of the President include:

  1.  Providing vision and leadership in pursuit of the aims and objectives of the Council;
  2. Maintaining records of Council membership and business.
  3. Supervising the operations and affairs of the Council, including the Council’s office, and,
  4. Calling meetings of the Executive Board, in consultation with the Chancellor.
  5. The other duties Vice President shall be appointed by the Executive Board, for a three year term, which is renewable.
  6. The President may assign qualified persons on a voluntary or paid basis as staff members to assist in the discharge of duties for effective function of the Council.

THE TREASURER

The Treasurer of the Council shall be responsible for working with the appropriate staff member assigned by the President to ensure:

  1.  Providing for receipting, banking, accounting, and disbursing of Council funds;
  2. Arranging an annual audit of the Council’s financial accounts; and,
  3. Issuing financial reports, as appropriate, to members of the Executive Board and the Council.
  4. Serve as the fiscal representative of the Council to auditing and legal agencies.

BUDGET & FINANCE

The Executive Board is responsible to adopt a budget for the affairs of the Council, to assure its funding, and to provide for an audit of the council’s financial records.

The Budget, the audit report, and a statement of the Council’s accounts will be distributed to members of the Council.

The Council’s income will be derived from member fees, administrative fees, donations from members, donations from external sources, and other revenue sources.

A schedule of membership fees will be proposed by the Executive Board and ratified by the Council.

 

PROGRAMS

The International Council of Higher Education will meet its aims and objectives through programs directed toward:

  1. Validating traditional and non-traditional institutions;
  2. Accrediting programs and institutions where helpful according to standards and examinations by the Council Accrediting visits;
  3. Organizing seminars, conferences, workshops, symposium, forums, and other means for the purpose of promoting the pursuit of excellence and enhancing the quality of education among member and affiliated institutions;
  4. Facilitating international faculty exchange and placement programs;
  5. Publishing materials and monographs consistent with the aims of the Council;
  6. Providing a voice to other institutions and agencies of higher educations; and
  7. Other programs approved by the Council.

VALIDATION & ACCREDITATION

The Council may validate or accredit educational institutions and/or programs in cases where the same may be inaccessible due to restrictive environments and where the institution/program meets standards established by the Council and examined in a self-study and on-site team visit. Accreditation may be for a 5 year period with visits or progress visits scheduled as necessary to assist the institution in achieving the standards. Provisional accreditation may be granted where appropriate to allow for development while growth is achieved in meeting the standards established by the Council. Either of the terms validation or accreditation may be used at the discretion of the Council to best meet the needs of the institution.

FACILITATING FACULTY EXCHANGE AND PLACEMENT

Faculty exchange and placement programs will be facilitated by the Council in keeping with its aims and objectives. The emphasis of such programs will be on enhancing education internationally through the transfer of knowledge and skills.

Priority will be given to member institutions, although in special cases non-member institutions may be invited to participate, particularly where they possess expertise or specialization not available otherwise.

DEVELOPING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

The Council will assist member institutions in developing integrated sustainable models of education whenever needed by offering technical advice and assistance, human resources, and external evaluation or assessment. Where required, partnerships with other like-minded institutions and linkages with government and non-government agencies will be facilitated. The Council may, or may not, be involved directly in implementing such programs.

AMENDMENTS

These By-Laws may be amended by action of the Executive Board, to take effect upon ratification by a two-thirds majority vote of full members present and voting at any regular or special meeting. The proposed amendments must be circulated to members of the Council at least ninety days prior to the balloting date. Electronic mail ballots will be counted along with the ballots of members present.

 

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