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

December 28, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "Here's how Washington could shape higher education in 2018." (Read

December 13, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Mother Jones article "Republicans Are Trying to Roll Back Rules That Stopped For-Profit College From Exploiting Students." (Read

December 12, 2017
AASCU's Michael Zola and Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive story "DACA, sexual assault remain top policy concerns for higher ed leaders." (Read

December 11, 2017
Coalition letter to House Education and Workforce Committee leaders on the PROSPER Act (Read)

December 8, 2017
Coalition letter to House-Senate conference committee leaders on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Read

December 7, 2017
Coalition letter to the FCC on Restoring Internet Freedom (Read

December 6, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Tampa Bay Business Journal article "Washington's tax plans could pose future problems for USF." (Read

December 4, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Daily Tar Heel article "PROSPER Act could make first changes to Higher Education Act since 2008." (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 

AASCU State Policy Actions

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)

January 16, 2018
AASCU releases "Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2018." (Read

January 10, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "In effort to expand reach and draw students, more colleges offer in-state tuition to nonresidents." (Read

January 4, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Des Moines Register article "Iowa regents' delayed decision on tuition hikes could put students in a bind." (Read

December 21, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Cronkite News article "Recession created 'perfect storm' for sharp rise in student loan debt." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.