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

November 30, 2017
Coalition letter to House and Senate appropriations leaders calling for removal of the non-defense discretionary budget caps (Read)  

November 30, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Business Journals story "Washington's tax plans could pose big problems for U.S. universities. Here's who has the most at stake." (Read)  

November 30, 2017
Coalition letter to Senate leaders in support of the Lankford Amendment on charitable giving in the Senate tax reform legislation (Read

November 28, 2017
Coalition letter on the tax legislation (Read)  

November 28, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "Is It Finally Time to Simplify the FAFSA? Signs Point to Yes." (Read

November 17, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Vice Impact story "Bernie Sanders on Why the Times is Now to Make College Tuition Free." (Read

November 16, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Why Not Attack Tax Reform?" (Read

November 15, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The News and Observer article "How the House tax bill could force graduate students out of NC universities." (Read

November 14, 2017
Coalition letter to Senate Finance Chair and Ranking Member regarding HR1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Read

November 7, 2017
Coalition letter on the House tax bill (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 


AASCU State Policy Actions

November 1, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in U.S. News & World Report article "What You Need to Know About Colleges and That Allow Guns." (Read)

October 23, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Parade article "Five Universities Helping Hurricane-Affected Students." (Read

October 23, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Wisconsin State Journal article "Latest action deepen divide between UW System leaders and many faculty, students." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

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