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

October 20, 2014
AASCU cited in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Public College Leaders Rail Against Education Dept.'s 'Regulatory Culture' (Read)

October 15, 2014
AASCU advisory on Culture of Respect partnership/Campus Sexual Assault (Read

October 2, 2014
AASCU Federal Update re: Proposed Teacher Preparation Regulations (Read

September 17, 2014
AASCU Letter to Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) endorsing the Fast Track to College Act (Read

September 15, 2014
Coalition comments to the Federal Communications Commission (Read

September 12, 2014
AASCU Federal Update on the Postsecondary Institutions Ratings System (PIRS) (Read


For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

October 20, 2014
AASCU paper cited in Diverse article "State Lottery Funds May Not Help Those Who Need it Most." (Read

October 10, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Higher Ed on the Ballot" (Read)

September 26, 2014
AASCU EdLines 26 September 2014 (Read

September 16, 2014
AASCU's Policy Matters paper featured in Deseret News article "Scholarships lotteries, popular with everyone, shift money from the poor to the rich." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.