The National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions (National Center) is a four-decade old institution that is supported by and located at Hunter College, City University of New York. The National Center was founded in the wake of the granting of collective bargaining rights by various states and localities to public employees including higher education faculty members and shortly after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) asserted jurisdiction over private institutions of higher education.

Consistent with its mission, the National Center intends to be an engine for rekindling, incubating and promoting research and analysis of issues connected with collective bargaining, labor representation, labor history and labor relations. This article describes some of the means that the National Center intends on employing toward meeting that goal. In addition, it highlights certain contemporary issues it is following, including: the NLRB's current reexamination of the factors set forth in Yeshiva University for determining the managerial status of full-time faculty, the organizing and representation of contingent faculty, and the labor relations and legal issues associated with social media.