President Obama has called for the United States to be first in the world in the number of people with a postsecondary degree by the year 2020. AASCU applauds this focus on producing more graduates, believing that the nation’s economic competitiveness, security and prosperity depend in large measure on how well the nation’s colleges prepare citizens for a knowledge-based economy. AASCU believes that affordable, accessible public colleges are essential to the success of the administration’s college completion agenda, and that increased attention should be paid at all levels to ways to improve college retention and completion.

Policy Advisories

Federal Advisories 

  • Letter to Congressman Rehberg (R-MT) on Labor-HHS Appropriations (View PDF)

State Advisories 

  • Obama Administration announcement on college completion (View

Policy Publications


Public Policy Agenda Priorities Related to Completion


National Reports 

No Time to Waste: Policy Recommendatiosn for Increasing College Completion 
Southern Regional Education Board
September 2010

Taking the Next Step: The Promise of Intermediate Measures for Meeting Postsecondary Completion Goals
Jobs for the Future 
September 2010 

A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education
Lumina Foundation
September 2010

The College Completion Agenda and State Policy Guide 
The College Board

Promoting a Culture of Student Success: How Colleges and Universities are Improving Degree Completion 
April 2010

With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them: Myths and Realities About Why So Many Students Fail to Finish College 
Public Agenda


State Reports