The Washington Higher Education Secretariat (WHES) was formed in 1962 to serve as a voluntary forum for Chief Executive Officers of national higher education associations. The Secretariat is composed of chief executives from approximately fifty associations, each of which serves a significant sector or function in postsecondary education. Membership is by election of current members.
The primary purposes of the Secretariat are:
- To provide a forum for association Chief Executives to consider strategic issues, to review trends/challenges confronting higher education and to develop responses, and to learn from colleagues and external experts.
- To study specific issues through working groups consisting of Secretariat members .
- To provide opportunities for networking and collaboration among member associations.
WHES is coordinated by the office of the President of the American Council on Education (ACE).