WACE By-laws


1. Name
WACE, the World Association for Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education, is a non-profit, 501©3 Association.

2. Vision Statement
The organization’s vision is to be the premier international organization linking the world’s leading higher education institutions, employers and public authorities, all of whom share a profound commitment to preparing new generations for a lifetime of learning and professional success in today’s global & diverse workplace.  Our vision will be achieved through programs & services designed to globally advance all forms of learning where education is integrated with professional work experience.

3. Mission Statement
Globally Advance High Quality Cooperative & all other forms of Work-Integrated Education by:

  1. Showcasing best practices
  2. Facilitating global discussion and debate
  3. Fostering international networks & exchanges, and
  4. Offering research, programs and services with the aim to:
  • Advance professionalization through innovation in experiential learning, academic quality enhancement, and demonstrating results through relevant and focused research;
  • Advance and promote the recognition of importance of high quality cooperative & work-integrated education as the best workforce development scheme for today’s Global Society. The organization is committed to achieving its Mission without prejudice and without any ideological, political or religious bias and on a not-for-profit basis.

4. Definition of “Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education”
Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (CWIE) includes: cooperative education (all disciplines); clinical rotations; community research; internships (all disciplines); international work (co-op) exchanges; learning-integrated work; undergraduate & graduate research; service-learning; and practica, and other forms of learning where education is integrated with work experience.

5. Definition of “Advance”
Advance includes: advocating, developing, expanding, strengthening, marketing, and demonstrating results through research and best practices.


1. Individual
Persons who are interested in Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education may join WACE as individual members.

2. Organizational
National associations, employing organizations, governmental bodies, corporate bodies, professional associations, and educational or other institutions with an interest in Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education may become organizational members of the Association.  Organizational members may appoint up to five persons from the organization to be listed as members and to receive benefits of membership.

3. Global Partnerships
Higher education institutions (Global Institutional Partners) and employing organizations (Global Industry Partners) with a strong focus upon the development of Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education programs as a strategy for human resource development and strategy for learning may become Partners of the Association.  Global Partners may participate at several different levels of membership: Platinum, Gold & Silver.

4. Honorary
From time to time the Board of Directors may designate an individual as an honorary member.  This category of membership is reserved for patrons or members who have given distinguished service to Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education or significant assistance to WACE.


Annual Membership & Partnership fees shall be charged for all types of members (except honorary members), at rates to be determined annually by the Board of Directors Executive Committee after consultation with the full Board of Directors.


The Secretariat’s principal officer is the Association’s Chief Executive Officer.  The Secretariat and CEO shall manage all operations of WACE and provide services necessary to the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Global Partners, and all other members of the Association.  The Secretariat will be supported by the establishment of select International Satellite Offices (ISO).  The Executive Committee appoints the CEO and shall determine the responsibilities of the Secretariat and CEO. The CEO will work in close consultation with the Board Co-Chairs and Treasurer of the Association, as well as the Executive Committee and WACE Board.  The Secretariat will also document and circulate to the WACE Board all decisions taken by the association’s governing bodies


1. The Executive Committee, consisting of 15 Board of Directors, shall govern the Association.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the Board’s Co-Chairs, the CEO, the treasurer, and eleven elected Vice-Chairs from the Board of Directors.  The Executive Committee will represent the interests of academe, industry, public sector, and government throughout the world’s eight regions.  Executive Committee Members will serve for a term of three years and may stand for re-election as determined by the Executive Committee.

2. The Executive Committee shall maintain and update a strategic plan, in consultation with the Commission on Strategic Planning and the Board of Directors.  The Executive Committee shall also approve the financial audited statements and annual operating budgets.

3. The Executive Committee shall elect Board Members based on nominations received from the following: Members, Partners, Directors, the Treasurer, and Executive Committee Members.  The Executive Committee requires a majority (at least 50%) of the Executive Committee Members’ votes to elect Board Members.  The voting process can be done electronically with a two-week time period allotted to respond.

4. The Executive Committee shall approve all program initiatives, as well as all policy and strategic decisions of the Association (i.e. Strategic Plan and Financial Plan).

5. The CEO will provide quarterly financial reports to the Executive Committee for their approval and an annual report on the Association’s Strategic Plan to the Executive Committee for their approval.

6. The Executive Committee shall establish other commissions / taskforces as deemed necessary.

7. The Executive Committee shall decide the location of the Association’s Secretariat and International Satellite Offices.

8. The Executive Committee shall meet once per year in person, hold quarterly teleconference calls, and may conduct other meetings periodically scheduled around WACE events.


1. The Board of Directors shall advise the Executive Committee in all matters pertaining to the Association.  The Board will consist of members representing the interests of academe, industry, public sector, and government throughout the world’s eight regions.  Board Members can be nominated by any member of WACE and are elected by the Executive Committee.  Directors will serve for a term of three years and may stand for re-election as determined by the Board’s Executive Committee.

2. The Board will be led by co-chairs, elected by the Executive Committee, one representing an employer and the other academe.

3. The Board of Directors will meet in person at least once annually with other meetings periodically scheduled around other WACE events.

4. The Board of Directors will be informed by the Executive Committee on the financial audited statements, the operating budget, and the strategic plan of the Association on an annual basis

5. The Board of Directors will support the Association through volunteering their time, talent, and resources and will have an array of opportunities to participate, including:

  1. Recruit new Partners
  2. Participate in organization’s conferences & symposia
  3. Participate in Board Meetings
  4. Volunteer as an International Reviewer (abstracts/refereed papers)
  5. Nominate new Board Members, Executive Committee Members, Treasurer, and Co-Chairs
  6. Author an article for organization’s publication
  7. Offer a sponsorship (University or Corporate) for upcoming programs
  8. Serve on a Committee (i.e. nomination, Curry, MacLaren, Papadakis, Student Awards, or program planning committee)
  9. Identify consulting opportunities with corporations, universities, or countries
  10. Serve as an Institute faculty member, consultant, conference presenter
  11. Identify potential collaborations with existing networks/associations
  12. Submit newsworthy CWIE items for the quarterly newsletter, website & blog postings

6. Members of the Board of Directors may resign by giving notice of such resignation to the Association’s CEO.


A WACE Commission on Strategic Planning, elected by the Executive Committee, will be led by two appointed Directors serving as co-chairs of the Commission and consisting of 10-12 WACE Directors/Partners, will develop and monitor an ongoing five year plan including a financial business plan.  These initiatives include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Global Partnerships
  • Consultancy
  • Best Practices / Benchmarking
  • International Student Exchanges
  • Recognition Programs
  • Research & Data Compository

The Commission on Strategic Planning will work closely with the Executive Committee in establishing and monitoring the Association’s five year plan.  The length of term for the Commission will be as needed as determined by the Executive Committee.


There shall be an annual meeting of the Association to report to the Partners and members the organization’s accomplishments, finances, activities, and future plans.  The meeting will be presided over by the WACE Co-Chairs & CEO.  The Association meeting will have the responsibility for providing guidance to the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and CEO on matters of interest to WACE.  By-law revisions will be voted upon at the Annual Association Meeting, or if necessary, by electronic ballot between meetings.  Each member present may cast one vote.  During the meetings, Partners and members will be given the opportunity to comment on strategic directions and activities of the Association, as well as nominate people for the Board of Directors.  If a member wishes to propose a motion for discussion at the Annual Association Meeting, the proposal must be prepared and sent to the CEO eight weeks in advance of the meeting date.


A quorum for the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and the Annual Association Meeting shall be defined as a simple majority of the members present or voting by proxy and voting electronically for the conduct of the Association.


Amendments to the by-laws must be approved at the Annual Association Meeting.  The quorum may be constituted by members present at an Annual Association Meeting and/or by postal or electronic ballot or proxy ballots of the membership.
Amendments require a 2/3 majority of the votes cast at the Annual Association Meeting and/or by postal or electronic ballot.

Proposed amendments to the by-laws to be voted upon at the Annual Association Meeting must be sent to members either by mail or electronic means at least four weeks prior to the Annual Association Meeting.  Members shall have at least 21 days to respond from the date of the mailing.


If two-thirds of the Board of Directors casts a vote of no confidence regarding the performance of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors will then have the authority to elect a new Executive Committee.


The Association will be considered dissolved only after the entire following process has occurred:
The Board of Directors votes with a two-thirds majority to dissolve the Association providing that a minimum of 50% plus one person of all members is present.
The Executive Committee votes to dissolve the Association by a two-thirds majority providing that a minimum of 50% plus one person of all members is present.
The members vote in favor by two-thirds majority at an Annual Association Meeting or by postal or electronic ballot or by proxy ballots.  Members will be given at least thirty days to respond to the ballot from the date of mailing.
Once a vote of dissolution has occurred, whether voluntary or involuntary, the assets of the Corporation, after all debts have been satisfied, then remaining in the hands of the Board of Directors shall be distributed, transferred conveyed, delivered and paid over exclusively to charitable, religious, scientific, testing for public safety, literary or educational organizations which would qualify under the provisions of Section 501©3 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, and its regulations as they now exist or as they may thereafter be amended.  In the event that the Corporation is dissolved, a special meeting consisting of not less than five persons, including the treasurer, who were active members of the Corporation during the budget year immediately preceding the dissolution shall be appointed by the Board of Directors to determine the disposition of Corporate assets as specified above.  The committee will be charged to complete its task within twenty-four months of the dissolution of the Corporation.


WACE Governance Addendum

Nominated by WhomIndividual Board MembersIndividual Board MembersIndividual Board MembersIndividual Board Members & WACE Members
Elected by WhomExec. Comm.Exec. Comm.Exec. Comm.Exec. Comm.
Appointed by WhomExec. Comm.Exec. Comm.
Length of Term1-yr. contract3-yr. renewable3-yr. renewable3-yr. renewable3-yr. renewableAs needed- to be determined by Exec. Comm.
MeetingsAs neededAs neededQuarterlyQuarterly1 per yr., preceding World/Int’l eventAs needed1 per yr. at World/Int’l event
By-LawsInitial by-laws approved by the BoardRevisions to the by-laws approved by full membership via electronic vote
Strategic PlanApproved by Exec. Comm.
Financial PlanApproved by Exec. Comm.
Programs & EventsApproved by Exec. Comm.