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 24, 2015
Letter to HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on the Higher Education Accreditation Concepts and Proposals whitepaper (Read)

April 15, 2015
Joint Statement to Senate Finance Committee Working Group on Business Income Tax (Read

April 14, 2015
Coalition Comments to the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Working Group on Individual Income Tax (Read)

April 13, 2015
AASCU Joint Statement to Senate re: Community Development & Infrastructure (Read)

April 13, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in NBC News story "Checking Accounts for Students 'Offer Few Benefits' Critics Say" (Read)

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

April 24, 2015
AASCU EdLines 24 April 2015 (Read)

April 22, 2015
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in Inside Higher Ed story "Resign, Please." (Read)

April 21, 2015
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in Providence Journal story "Experts say Tenn. model for reforming higher education could help other states considering performance-based funding." (Read)

April 18, 2015
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Seattle Times story "GOP proposal to slash tuition puts House, Senate at odds." (Read)

April 1, 2015
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Los Angeles Times story "Universities add degree programs while spurning fad." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.