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.

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.

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.

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.

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.