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

January 15, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quote in The Inquirer story "The challenge for college presidents under Trump: When to speak out." (Read

January 12, 2017
Coalition letter to Senators Graham and Durbin supporting the Bridge Act (Read

January 9, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "Feds say too many career-training programs, for-profit schools leaving graduates saddled with debt." (Read

January 5, 2017
AASCU's Makese Motley quoted in Buzzfeed News article "Senators Urge Trump Not to Roll Back Federal Rules on Campus Rape." (Read

December 16, 2016
Amicus Brief regarding GWU Case to National Labor Relations Board (Read

December 9, 2016
AASCU Federal Advisory---Federal Funding, DACA, Ag Committee, Teacher Prep (Read

December 7, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in U.S. News & World Report article "Grads' Earnings Can Contribute to Community College Decisions." (Read

December 5, 2016
AASCU's Letter to President-Elect Trump Re: DACA (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

January 11, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Wisconsin State Journal story "Scott Walker proposal would be first University of Wisconsin tuition cut in decades." (Read

January 9, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Oregonian article "Sen. Peter Courtney wants community colleges and universities to merge---if they want to." (Read

January 3, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Hechinger Report article "Nationwide, state budget cuts disproportionately hit low-income, minority college students." (Read

December 29, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Politico Pro article "Campus-carry battles in 2017: Five states to watch." (Read

December 16, 2016
AASCU releases Policy Matters brief "Higher Education: 2016 Elections Wrap-Up and 2017 Federal Policy Preview." (Read

December 13, 2016
AASCU/Education Counsel Report "Enhancing State Authorization: The need for action by states as stewards of higher education performance." (Read

       For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.