Government Relations and Policy Analysis

Effective public policy is vital to sustaining a high-quality, affordable and accessible American public higher education system. AASCU serves as a valued resource to its members and stakeholders throughout the nation by providing both federal and state policy research, analysis and advocacy for sound public policy that advances higher education across the United States.

This site contains AASCU’s Public Policy Agenda—an annual summary of the association’s top federal and state higher education policy priorities—as well as continuous updates, resources and publications on policy issues central to maintaining the world’s best quality and most accessible higher education system.

AASCU Federal Policy Actions

April 18, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "A Federal Experiment Flounders." (Read

April 13, 2018
Coalition letter the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) commending the decision of DHS to initiate the renewal process for current DACA registrants (Read

April 10, 2018
Coalition letter to House leadership on the TRIO programs in the PROSPER Act (Read)

March 30, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted The Philadelphia Inquirer in Penn, Princton, other Ivies were hard to get into. Did higher scores on the new SAT convince more students to apply? (Read)  

March 30, 2018
Amicus Brief in the case of Donald Trump vs. State of Hawaii (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 

AASCU State Policy Actions

April 10, 2018
AASCU releases "The 2018 Gubernatorial State of the State Addresses and Higher Education." (Read

March 22, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Governing article "Are More Strikes Coming? West Virginia Wasn't the Only State Neglecting Employee Health Care." (Read

February 26, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "Reduced tuition seems to be paying off for the College of St. Mary." (Read

February 23, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "What if Pitt were to go private? Some ponder the unthinkable as dwindling state aid becomes less certain." (Read

February 18, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "As NU system faces cuts, two sides differ on how well Nebraska colleges are funded." (Read

January 30, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Daily Tar Heel article "Sexual assault, free speech, DACA among top 10 higher ed issues for 2018." (Read

January 18, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "The key higher ed issues for states in 2018." (Read

January 16, 2018
AASCU Top 10 List cited in The Chronicle of Higher Education story "The Biggest Problem for State Higher Education Polcy? Federal Higher-Ed Policy." (Read)

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.