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 19, 2017
Campus sign-on letter to House and Senate leaders on the DACA program (Read

October 12, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Education Week article "Yet Another Group Sets Out to Accredit Teacher-Prep Programs." (Read

October 4, 2017
Coalition letter to House leadership on budget resolution (Read

September 27, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in St. Louis Post-Dispatch article "Editorial: Congress should change law hindering higher education." (Read) 

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 

AASCU State Policy Actions

October 16, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Penn Live article "In-state tuition discounts could be nixed for students at four state-funded universities." (Read

October 13, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch presentation to the 2017 NASPAA conference on strengthening the link between academic policy and research (Read)  

October 13, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Statehouse Report story "High tuition, high aid at S.C. public colleges pose problems." (Read

October 12, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "With an Ambitious Merger Proposal, Wisconsin Charts Its Own Course for Change." (Read

October 8, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article "State college enrollment down 1.8% since last fall." (Read

October 4, 2017
AASCU mentioned in Education Dive article "How will colleges handle population growth, demographic shifts?" (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.