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

February 15, 2018
Coalition letter to House leaders on the PROSPER Act (Read

February 15, 2018
Coalition letter to House and Senate leadership on DACA (Read

February 14, 2018
Coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Chairs on the Labor-HHS-Education and Relations Appropriations Bills for FY18 (Read

February 6, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "Why an Update of Higher Ed's Sweeping Framework Could Be Years Away." (Read

February 5, 2018
Coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders on student financial aid (Read

February 5, 2018
Coalition letter to Congressional leaders on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (Read

February 1, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The New York Times article "Republicans Stuff Education Bill With Conservative Agenda." (Read

January 25, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in CNBC article "GOP actions may make graduate school too costly for many." (Read

December 28, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "Here's how Washington could shape higher education in 2018." (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 


AASCU State Policy Actions

January 30, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Daily Tar Heel article "Sexual assault, free speech, DACA among top 10 higher ed issues for 2018." (Read

January 18, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "The key higher ed issues for states in 2018." (Read

January 16, 2018
AASCU Top 10 List cited in The Chronicle of Higher Education story "The Biggest Problem for State Higher Education Polcy? Federal Higher-Ed Policy." (Read)

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

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