About Us

HECMA is the preeminent organization for higher education case management professionals.

Definition of Higher Education Case Manager

(HECMA 2013)

Higher Education Case Managers serve their University and individual students by coordinating prevention, intervention, and support efforts across campus and community systems to assist at risk students and students facing crises, life traumas, and other barriers that impede success.

To that end Higher Education Case Managers:

  • Arrange for appropriate medical or mental health care
  • Monitor compliance with treatment plans and/or university behavioral expectations
  • Evaluate threat and assess risk to self and/or the community
  • Maintain contact and meet with students to address needs
  • Foster self-advocacy in students to manage their academic, personal and fiscal responsibilities.
  • Advocate for students individually and systemically

HECMA provides members with a professional identity and resources to advance recommended practices, knowledge, and research in order to promote and enhance the well-being of campus communities. Membership in HECMA is geared toward individuals working in or engaged in graduate training in the higher education case management field. Members have a sincere interest in the growth of the field, in the professional development in clinical and/or nonclinical practice, and in the HECMA mission and vision. Members are in good standing when annual dues are current as outlined in the Constitution and Bylaws of the association.


HECMA Mission

HECMA is the preeminent organization committed to the advancement of higher education case management. Comprised of professionals from clinical and non-clinical post-secondary settings, HECMA leads the field in developing best practices and standards, disseminating relevant knowledge, and strengthening institutional efforts for holistic care. HECMA provides support to professionals in their collaborative, inclusive approach to promote campus safety and student success.

HECMA Vision

HECMA will lead the response to the changing case management needs of the higher education environment through practice informed by research.



Who we are

HECMA began in 2011 as a grassroots effort to provide peer support and collaborative networking for those individuals providing case management services at post secondary institutions. In 2012 the association was formalized and the inaugural Leadership Team elected.


  • Visioning the field forward
  • Managing Committees
  • Coordinating Standards
  • Peers serving peers


  • Recognizing exemplary professionals in our field
  • Nominated by peers
  • Award announced at Annual Conference


  • Annual Conference for Higher Ed Case Managers
  • Offering Recommended Practice & Current Trends
  • Providing CE Credits


  • Access network of professionals in higher ed case manager roles
  • Explore extensive resource Library
  • Discount on Conference


Our Governing Documents

HECMA’s Constitution and Bylaws outline the rules that regulate its actions and commitments. The Bylaws serve as its internal manual for its operations. They are reviewed annually for modifications and updates.

Constitution and Bylaws