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 23, 2016
AASCU Federal Advisory on the Affirmative Action and Immigration Supreme Court Decisions (Read

June 22, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The New York Times story "Corinthian Colleges Used Recruiting Incentives, Documents Show." (Read

June 21, 2016
Coalition letter to House Education and Workforce Chairs regarding five bills, committee markup (Read

June 18, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in NPR story "Trump University Is Like Other For-Profit Colleges But Without the Degree." (Read

June 18, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Economist article "Risks and Rewards: Should for-profit crash courses get federal funds?" (Read

June 17, 2016
AASCU Federal Advisory re: Upcoming Fisher Decision (Read

June 16, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politifact article "Is Paul Ryan right that American colleges amount to 'a cartel'? (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

June 24, 2016
AASCU EdLines 24 June 2016 (Read)

June 16, 2016
AASCU Webinar with Turbovote on voting and civic engagement (View

June 10, 2016
AASCU EdLines 10 June 2016 (Read)

June 4, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch presentation to the National Campus Leadership Council Conference (Read

June 1, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article "ASU System Lines Up Tuition, Fee Increases." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.