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

May 21, 2019
Coalition comments on the DOL Overtime Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Read

May 21, 2019
Coalition letter in support of HR2820, the Dream Act of 2019 and HR 2821, the American Promise Act of 2019 (Read

May 20, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Marketwatch article "Inside the nationwide effort to encourage students to take college credit--while still in high school." (Read

May 20, 2019
Coalition letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Neal on the Kiddle Tax Scholarship Fix in SECURE Act (Read

May 9, 2019
Coalition letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair and Ranking Member in support of the FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education Budget (Read

May 5, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in MassLive article "Springfield College joins other Massachusetts schools in making SAT scores optional." (Read

April 27, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Missoulian article "Montana educators tout program success, track federal proposed cuts." (Read

April 25, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Yale Daily News article "Up Close: Before and after 'Varsity Blue.'" (Read

April 22, 2019
AASCU quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education story "Warren's Free-College Plan Would Cancel Student Debt for Millions." (Read

April 9, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in CNBC article "Student Loan Borrowers with Cancer Are Supposed to Be Able to Pause Payments. They're Hitting a Wall." (Read

April 3, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Few Lessons Learned on For-Profit Closures." (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 


AASCU State Policy Actions

April 28, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "Colleges set their sights on rural Nebraskans amid 'çompetitive marketplace''of enrollment (Read

April 18, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in New Jersey Monthly article "How Stockton University Landed on Atlantic City's Boardwalk." (Read

April 16, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Writers Association article "Elections Have Consequences for Higher Ed." (Read

April 2, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Wisconsin Public Radio article "UW-Stevens Point Grapples With Budget Shortfalls, Changing Demographics." (Read)  

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

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