2018 Higher Education Government Relations Conference

2018 HEGRC

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 to Friday, December 7, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia

Delivering Results Amid Change, Uncertainty, and Polarization

About the Conference

With 36 governors and most legislative seats up for grabs in the fall election—and many key lawmakers facing term limits or retiring—higher education government relations professionals around the country will interact with a variety of state legislative and executive leaders next year. This provides a pivotal opportunity to share public higher education’s story and build champions for the years ahead. This turnover also brings uncertainty over the future of the campus-capital relationship and public higher education’s standing as a state budgetary and policy priority. And amid this change, doubts about the value of personal and state investments in higher education persist, and competition for new state resources remains intense.

How can government relations professionals effectively deliver results for their campuses and systems in this environment? What skills, strategies, messages and stakeholder support will be needed for higher education advocates to effectively make the case in the next legislative sessions?

The 2018 Higher Education Government Relations Conference will focus on how campus and system government relations professionals can advance their agenda and deliver results. Conference participants will gain insight from an array of diverse, experienced leaders both within and beyond higher education from around the country on how to work with a new class of lawmakers and build awareness of higher education’s value to students, communities and states. It will focus on understanding the public’s views on higher education, and the messages, tactics and strategies necessary to be an effective advocate in this environment. Participants will also hear about the latest trends in state higher education funding and policy as well as federal legislation and regulations on Capitol Hill and the Trump Administration.  

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Higher Education Government Relations Conference is an education forum for professionals whose responsibility it is to foster effective governmental and community relations on behalf of public colleges and universities and state systems of higher education. The conference reflects a unique partnership among four national higher education associations: the American Association of Community CollegesAmerican Association of State Colleges and UniversitiesAssociation of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  The conference is coordinated by government relations staff from these associations and the Task Force on Higher Education Government Relations, comprised of state governmental affairs professionals representing the entire spectrum of American public postsecondary education. 

Thomas Harnisch 
Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis
AASCU / harnischt@aascu.org / (202) 478-4660 (office)


The 2018 Higher Education Government Relations Conference serves as an exceptional venue for generating product/service visibility and professional networking.

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The conference will begin at 3pm on December 5th and conclude on the 7th at appromixately 11am. 

Fees top

Early Registration - $525 (Before November 7, 2018)
Late Registration - $550 (After November 7, 2018)

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How to Register
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The Westin Peachtree Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia
210 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Phone: (404) 659-1400

Conference Room Rate: $145 per night plus taxes and fees
To book a hotel room at the conference rate, please use this link

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

  • Cancel in writing by Nov. 23 to receive full refund.
  • Cancellations received after Nov. 23 will be charged a $150 administration fee that will be used to pay for meals and services already guaranteed at the hotel.
  • Cancellations received after December 3 will not be refunded.