The NCA is a coalition of U.S. higher education organizations, networks, campus groups, administrators, faculty, staff, and students who seek to promote and advance the principles of higher education: the unfettered search for truth, the cultivation of an inclusive democratic culture, and the expansion of access to high quality education for all members of our diverse society.

Read NCA's Interview with Cheryl Abatte

"Imagine googling yourself and seeing someone publicly say that you 'need a good raping.'"


Our Work

The NCA provides support, materials, advice, and concepts to enable groups to protect and strengthen the essential role of higher education in a democratic society.

This website is a hub for news, information, and essays that provide critical analysis of trends in the assaults against higher education. It is intended to act as a networking resource for people interested in working together to challenge these attacks. We post recent news coverage of intimidation of faculty and students, interviews with people who have borne the brunt of these campaigns, coverage of campus conflicts, developments in legislation affecting academic freedom, and notes on university administrative and bureaucratic methods that pose a challenge to academic freedom. Advice about how to resist these incursions and who you can team up with is posted under “Model Responses” and “Undocumented Students.”


We encourage you to get in touch with us through this website, let us know about other groups working in this way and about successful challenges, and inform us of other cases we should be following.


Read more about the rationale for the NCA in “About Us.”

General areas of support include:

  • Networking

  • Information-sharing

  • Crisis response

  • Media outreach

  • Social media

  • Community involvement

  • Publications

  • Sharing of successful practices





Our Affiliates

The NCA is affiliated with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)


The NCA is coordinated by Lori Allen, Michael Meranze, Christopher Newfield, and Joan Wallach Scott. Emily McDonald is our research assistant.


Interested parties and potential partners are invited to contact


Join Our Work

If you are interested in partnering with the network, seeking advice for responding to threats on your campus, or providing resources to our organization, please contact us.