University Affiliate Program

The NCSE University Affiliate Program engages four-year universities across the country to provide them with new research and resources; create forums for inter-institutional collaborations to advance their professional, departmental, and institutional goals; and connect them with a broader community of researchers, funding organizations, and decision-makers.

University Affiliate Membership Benefits

NCSE members receive these exclusive benefits and services. Please contact Kate Ceste, Member Communications and Engagement Officer, with any questions.

Representation on NCSE’s Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

Member institutions are represented on NCSE’s Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), which provides a forum for deans and directors to share challenges and form collaborative, strategic, and responsive solutions, as well as to lead on the advancement of environmental and sustainability education.

There are two in-person CEDD meetings each year: a Summer Member Meeting held at a member institution and a Winter Member Meeting held in conjunction with the NCSE Annual Conference. Learn more about upcoming and past CEDD meetings.

Participation in Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are technical working groups that support and amplify education, research, and analysis from higher education institutions to advance the use of science in environmental decision- and policy-making across all levels of government. NCSE members are invited to join these groups to advance capacity building and increase deeper engagement between members and improve the focus, scale, and impact of NCSE initiatives. Learn more about the current Communities of Practice.

Member institutions receive complimentary access to NCSE’s research reports through Digify. View a list of all reports.

Participation in NCSE Science and Policy Events

  • NCSE Annual Conference: NCSE member institutions receive up to five complimentary registrations to the NCSE Annual Conference. The Annual Conference convenes national leaders in science, policy, and the environment and facilitates productive conversations. Each year, the conference focuses on a different theme and brings together a diverse community of experts from a variety of disciplines and provides an enriching opportunity for all attendees to learn from each other, collaborate on exciting projects, and build productive professional relationships. Learn more.

  • NCSE Academic-Federal Dialogue: The Academic-Federal Dialogue (AFD) brings together academics and policy representatives from environmental programs. It provides an opportunity for academic leaders to hear perspectives from Congress and the science policy community, and interact directly with federal agencies such as DOE, NSF, NASA, EPA, USDA, Forest Service, NOAA, and NIEHS on program priorities and funding opportunities. Learn more.

  • NCSE Science Policy Communication Training: NCSE provides members with the training to help scientists practice tools and build skills to use science effectively in policy discussions and policy-making. The 2018 training was co-sponsored with COMPASS and New America. View the event Agenda (PDF).

Member Resources and Communications

Anyone from an NCSE member institution can receive the following member-only communications. Contact Kate Ceste to receive these communications.

NCSE Member News & Exchange

The weekly e-newsletter, NCSE Member News & Exchange, is filled with topics and events of special interest to NCSE members. Members can also send us campus news and events to be shared in the NCSE Member News & Exchange with the NCSE member community. 

Members-Only Email List 

Members can also join the members-only email list to facilitate topical discussions, disseminate information, and exchange resources within the NCSE community.

NCSE Policy Pathways

NCSE Policy Pathways is a monthly policy news brief that provides a deeper look into environmental and science policy in the news, as well as tangible tools for engagement. NCSE Policy Pathways supports members by bringing science into the dialogue of the many levels of environmental decision-making.