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

August 4, 2017
Coalition letter to the Agency Reform Task Force (Read

August 2, 2017
Coalition letter in support of the Dream Act of 2017 (Read

July 27, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Sun Sentinel article "Students have fewer options as for-profit colleges struggle to survive." (Read

July 25, 2017
Coalition letter to Senate Committee leaders supporting the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Read

July 25, 2017
Coalition letter to Senate leaders in support of the Dream Act of 2017 (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 


AASCU State Policy Actions

August 14, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Tampa Bay Times article "Florida universities are hiring hundreds of new faculty in push for smaller classes, more prestige." (Read

August 4, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "Report: Higher ed funding remains mixed as free speech bills gain popularity." (Read

August 2, 2017
AASCU Release "State Outlook: Dynamics Affecting Public Higher Education Financing and Highlights from States' 2017 Legislative Sessions." (Read

July 31, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in U.S. News and World Report story "Campus Free Speech Laws Ignite the Country." (Read

July 31, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story "Rate of grads attending state college drops a bit." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

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