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 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:


  1. The Chairperson
  2. The President

iii. Treasurer

  1. Secretary
  2. 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:


Responsibilities of the Chancellor include:

Serving as an ambassador at large of the Council by using networking occasions to represent the Council and its mission;

To provide high level connections and validation of Council activities and personnel;

To attend and participate in Board meetings and annual events;

To accept projects and responsibilities from the Board which may best be accomplished through the experience and profile of the office;

To serve together with the chairperson and president in collaborative guidance on major issues confronting the Council.


Responsibilities of the Chairperson include:

Chairing all meetings of the Council and the Executive Board;

 Upholding the Statement of Faith and the Standards of Excellence of the Council;

Assuring accountability of other officers of the Council.

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


 Providing vision and leadership in pursuit of the aims and objectives of the Council;

Maintaining records of Council membership and business.

Supervising the operations and affairs of the Council, including the Council’s office, and,

Calling meetings of the Executive Board, in consultation with the Chancellor.

The other duties Vice President shall be appointed by the Executive Board, for a three year term, which is renewable.

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


 Providing for receipting, banking, accounting, and disbursing of Council funds;

Arranging an annual audit of the Council’s financial accounts; and,

Issuing financial reports, as appropriate, to members of the Executive Board and the Council.

Serve as the fiscal representative of the Council to auditing and legal agencies.

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.

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


Validating traditional and non-traditional institutions;

Accrediting programs and institutions where helpful according to standards and examinations by the Council Accrediting visits;

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;

Facilitating international faculty exchange and placement programs;

Publishing materials and monographs consistent with the aims of the Council;

Providing a voice to other institutions and agencies of higher educations; and

Other programs approved by the Council.

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.

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.