BYLAWS

THE NAME OF THE COUNCIL IS

  • The International Council for Higher Education.
  • 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.
  • 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.

THE AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF THE COUNCIL AS FOLLOWS:

To recognize valid educational programs and to authorize issuance of academic awards.

To offer assistance and advice to institutions in keeping with the highest standards of international education.

To network individuals and institutions engaged in higher education in order to pursue common concerns for the cause of excellence.

To engage in educational programs and projects of global concern.

To provide accreditation to institutions and programs that seek the same and comply with the standards established.

To validate programs and institutions where appropriate and needed.

To attend events providing resourcing, networking, consulting and connectedness to institutional members.

To serve as a voice for integrated higher education in the Christian tradition among member institutions as well as to other entities and institutions.

To maintain faithful adherence and commitment to the Christ- centered mission in promoting higher education globally.

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

Salvation of lost and sinful humanity has been made available through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, by faith, apart from works.

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.

The resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the saved to the resurrection of life, the lost to the resurrection of damnation.

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.

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

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.

Clearly stated mission and goals appropriate to the institution's resources and the needs of its constituents.

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.

 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.

Policies and procedures which lead to the effective assessment of institutional and program goals, and of student learning.

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

Institutional Members — membership is open to academic institutions and other institutions engaged in higher education programs.

Individual Members — membership is open to individuals who seek to participate in the mission and network of ICHE.

Honorary Members — The Council may invite individuals with recognized achievement in higher education to honorary membership in the Council.

ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP

Institutions desiring membership in the Council must be nominated by a current member of the Council.

Nominated institutions may apply through the office of the President through a procedure established by the Executive Board.

Applications must be approved by the Executive Board and are presented at the next assembly meeting..

PRIVILEGES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS

Institutional members are entitled to one vote in the Council.

Individual members and honorary members are entitled to voice, but no vote, in the Council.

All members may nominate to membership institutions and individuals known to reflect the qualities and commitments promoted by the Council.

All members will receive such benefits as may from time to time be offered by the Council in fulfilling its mission.

All members, apart from honorary members, will pay annual membership fees set by the Council.

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.

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