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 1, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Texas Public Radio story "Department of Education Plans to Change Rules For Regulating Colleges." (Read

July 31, 2018
Letter to the Veterans Affairs Administration regarding the implementation of the Forever GI Bill (Read)  

July 31, 2018
Coalition Amicus Brief filed in the Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. vs President and Fellows of Harvard College (Read

July 25, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in CNBC article "Trump administration could make it harder to get student loan forgiveness." (Read

July 24, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Bloomberg Government story "Democrats' Message on Higher Education: We're Not the GOP." (Read

July 24, 2018
AASCU letter to the National Institute of General Medical Science regarding the MARC program (Read

July 21, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in CNBC article "His two year degree cost him $90,000. Now he's in a battle with the Education Department." (Read

July 13, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer story "Did rankings craze hurt Temple's business school." (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 

AASCU State Policy Actions

July 31, 2018
AASCU State Policy Update from March to June released (Read

July 13, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Statehouse Report article "Graduates in 34 school districts now can get free tech school tuition." (Read

June 26, 2018
AASCU's releases "Making Partnerships Work: Principles, Guidelines, and Advice for Public University Leaders." (Read

June 18, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "Want to Kill Tenure? Be Careful What You Wish For." (Read

June 9, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article "Top Georgia Universities Seek More Rural Students." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.