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

December 17, 2014
Coalition letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray re: Corinthian Colleges/ECMC deal (Read)

December 16, 2014
Coalition letter to the Department of Commerce Re: Census Information Collection (Read)

December 12, 2014
Coalition letter to the Senate on the Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIA) (Read)

December 10, 2014
Coalition letter on Permanent Extension of IRA Charitable Rollover (Read)

December 10, 2014
AASCU Advisory on the FY 2015 Federal Spending Bill (Read)

November 28, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post story "How dozens of failing for-profit schools found an unlikely savior: a debt collector" (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

December 12, 2014
AASCU EdLines 12 December 2014 (Read)

December 5, 2014
AASCU's Daniel Hurley and Thomas Harnisch State Outlook Presentation at the 2014 Higher Education Govt Relations Conference (Read)

December 4, 2014
AASCU mentioned in story "Advocates say feds can force states to increase spending on higher education" (Read)

November 26, 2014
AASCU elections brief cited in The Hechinger Report article "Poorest states cut what experts say could help the most: higher ed" (Read)


For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.