Membership Criteria

Haitians understand that education is key to the development of a democratic and prosperous society. As Bikas Sanyal suggests, without higher education basic education cannot progress.  Education is essential in the elimination of poverty and the preparation of citizens for a democracy. It is widely acknowledged that the education system in Haiti, particularly higher education, is critically damaged. There is interest and support for higher education since January 12, 2010, but a more concerted effort is needed to rebuild and improve the system.  A number of institutions around the world are expressing interest in participating in an innovative and carefully coordinated effort to support rebuilding and improving of the system. Such an effort requires long-term commitment and equal partnerships among institutions that are prepared to work collaboratively to solve critical problems in higher education in Haiti, learn well from each other, and build capacity for appropriate change in participating higher education institutions in Haiti. To these ends, criteria for membership are advanced.  Institutions considered for membership in the Consortium will meet the following criteria:


  • Duly accredited and properly registered higher education institutions (as determined by the appropriate governing bodies in their respective countries) that offer at least two years of post secondary education. The number of such institutions will be the majority
  • Nontraditional higher education institutions (nonprofit organizations, philanthropic organizations, private firms) that have been supporting the improvement and rebuilding of higher education in Haiti. The number of such institutions will be limited
  • Higher education consortia or networks of higher education institutions that are now working to improve and rebuild higher education in Haiti. The number of such institutions will be limited
  • Higher education institutions that are currently undertaking or planning to undertake activities in Haiti that are consistent with the goals of the Consortium
  • Higher education institutions that worked successfully with Haitian institutions to identify crucial problems they want to address and have the capacity or strong desire to act quickly and cooperatively
  • A five-year institutional commitment to:
    1. Willingness to explore and initiate equal partnerships with members of the Consortium, with a preference for collaboration that includes at least one Haitian partner and a desire for creative activities that will build capacity for appropriate change in both the Haiti institution and their own institutions
    2. Flexibility and openness to work innovatively and collaboratively with member institutions to achieve together what cannot be achieved alone
    3. Sharing of Consortium-related activities through the Consortium’s website so that other members can be apprised of progress and difficulties
    4. Agreement to provide an annual progress report including data describing successes and failures in identifying and solving problems
    5. Attendance and participation of an institution representative, at the institution’s costs, in annual meetings and other Consortium activities in Haiti. Or in other Consortium settings
    6. Designation of an institutional representative who will serve as a liaison for leading Consortium activities in their institution and ensuring accurate and timely communication with partners in the Consortium
  • Institutional commitment for five years shall be evidenced by duly signed letters from president/chancellor, provost's, division deans, and/or department heads as appropriate