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

June 30, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassiran quoted in New York Times story "Colleges Brace for Supreme Court Review of Race-Based Admissions." (Read)

June 26, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Kansas City Star article "Nationwide college-rating system won't happen." (Read

June 25, 2015
AASCU Federal Advisory on the FY 2016 Budget and Policy Riders (Read)

June 3, 2015
LSU President F. King Alexander's testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (Read)  

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

July 2, 2015
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Christian Science Monitor article "Dramatic cuts to tuition in Washington state: Will other states follow?" (Read)

July 2, 2015
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch radio interview on KSRO, Sonoma County, CA (Read

June 30, 2015
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Seattle Times story " 'Historic' tuition cut sets state apart from rest of U.S." (Read)

June 30, 2015
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Associated Press story "Washington Legislature Cuts State Tuition by 15-20 Percent." (Read)

June 29, 2015
AASCU cited in The Seattle Times article "Legislature OKs new budget with rare tuition cuts and pay raises for teachers." (Read



For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.