1. Why should an institution consider joining HECSE ?

  • membership in the premier organization representing leadership preparation in special education
  • sharing of current special education information
  • networking with IHE’s engaged in doctoral level preparation and research

2. What are some specific benefits of HECSE membership

  • provide access to up-to-date information on legislation
  • provide current information on policy and policy development
  • assist with access to decision makers
  • provide technical assistance regarding communications with special education decision makers at all levels
  • provide opportunities for professional development
  • provide opportunities to analyze, clarify and provide input on legislative and regulatory language and issues
  • join with colleagues in expressing positions on legislation and policy
  • current information of funding opportunities
  • assist with faculty searches

3. How can an institution apply for membership in HECSE ?

  • contact any of the HECSE Board for assistance
  • formal written membership application is required and will be provided quickly by the membership chair
  • membership application is reviewed by the board 

4. What is the current annual membership fee?

  • $ 1,100 per year, due July of each year

5. What is the membership fee used for?

  • operating expenses
  • meeting costs
  • HECSE Consultant

6. When and where is the Annual Meetings held?

  • January
  • Washington, DC
  • Thursday, planned individual visits with legislators
  • Friday, recently full day meeting on the Capitol Hill
  • Saturday meeting at Hotel till early afternoon
  • Members are responsible for all travel costs

7. Who typically attends the annual meeting?

  •  institutional representative or alternate
  • consultant(s)
  • invited guests / presenters

8. What is a typical meeting agenda?

  • Update on legislative issues
  • Presentations and Q & A with Congressional staffers 
  • Presentations by OSEP personnel with Q & A 
  • HECSE Leadership Award presentation
  • Business meeting
  • Presentation of issues by Consultant and/or HECSE Board with Q & A plus discussion
  • Sharing of personnel needs by institution
  • Planning for future with assigned tasks/ responsibilities

9. Are there other meetings during the year?

  • TED Conference in November
  • CEC Convention in March/April
  • OSEP Projector’s Directors Meeting in July

10. What about summer retreats?

  • occasional opportunities as need arises
  • focus on topics of special interest
  • white paper development