State Policy

In its efforts to promote sound public policy and institutional practice affecting higher education, AASCU conducts research and analysis, produces publications, and provides advocacy on a variety of state higher education policy issues.

To subscribe to AASCU's free higher education policy publications series (Policy Matters, Perspectives, and Edlines), click here.
For inquiries involving state higher education policy or institutional practices, contact Daniel Hurley, Director, State Relations and Policy Analysis.


April 14, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Minnesota Public Radio article "For MnSCU students, transferring can be a costly conundrum." (Read

April 11, 2014
AASCU EdLines 11 April 2014 (Read)

April 11, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Registering Toward Completion" (Read

April 7, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley in the Chronicle of Higher Education article "Public Colleges Struggle for Ways to Evolve Amid Competing Demands." (Read

April 4, 2014
AASCU EdLines 4 April 2014 (Read

March 31, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley presentation to Finnish higher education experts (Read)  

March 28, 2014
AASCU EdLines 28 March 2014 (Read)

March 24, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in The Record editorial "College Affordability" (Read

March 21, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in MarketPlace education interview "The Value of an Obama commencement address." (Read

March 21, 2014
AASCU EdLines for 21 March 2014 (Read

March 21, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer article "N.J. legislators propose 20 higher-ed bills." (Read)

March 20, 2014
AASCU''s Dan Hurley quoted in The Record article " NJ lawmakers introduce sweeping education reforms aimed at lowering college costs." (Read)

March 19, 2014
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in The Plain Dealer article "Ohio receives a failing grade for support of higher education, report says: Higher Education roundup (Read)  

March 17, 2014
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch mentioned in The Daily Cougar article "Pushing Financial Literacy Will Save Students in the Long Run." (Read

March 14, 2014
AASCU EdLines for 14 March 2014 (Read)

March 14, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Group Shines Light on State Disinvestment." (Read

March 11, 2014
AASCU State Policy Advisory "The 2014 Gubernatorial State of the State Addresses and Higher Education." (Read)
March 7, 2014
AASCU EdLines 7 March 2014 (Read
February 28, 2014
Coalition letter to California state Senator Ted Lieu re: Recommendations for the Sunset Review of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (Read)
February 28, 2014
AASCU EdLines 28 February 2014 (Read)
February 26, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Change in wind for Pa. college system." (Read)
February 21, 2014
AASCU EdLines 21 February 2014 (Read)
February 18, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Des Moines Register article "Regents: Efficiency study could curb tuition hikes at state universities." (Read
February 14, 2014
AASCU EdLines 14 February 2014 (Read
February 13, 2014
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in Governing article "Common Themes in 2014 State of the State Addresses" (Read)
February 7, 2014
AASCU EdLines 7 February 2014 (Read)
February 7, 2014
AASCU Statement on "Pay-It-Forward" funding schemes (Read
February 4, 2014
Coalition letter to President Obama Re: Gainful Employment (Read
February 3, 2014
AASCU cited in The Atlantic article "Will a $10,000 College Degree Help You Get a Job?" (Read
February 1, 2014
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in Associated Press article "More States Grant In-State Tuition to Immigrants." (Read)
January 31, 2014
AASCU EdLines 31 January 2014 (Read)  
January 28, 2014
AASCU policy brief discussed in Education Trust blog post "A State Play is Crucial (But It's Not the Only One Needed) For College Affordability." (Read
January 24, 2014
AASCU's Dan Hurley op-ed in The Huffington Post "Stopping the Privatization of American Public Higher Education." (Read
January 24, 2014
AASCU EdLines 24 January 2014 (Read)
January 23, 2014
AASCU releases "Top 10 State Higher Education Policy Issues for 2014." (Read
January 22, 2014
AASCU report cited in Daily Tar Heel story "Universities weigh funding options." (Read
January 17, 2014
AASCU EdLines for the week of 17 January 2014 (Read
January 16, 2014
AASCU State Outlook cited in The Daily Reveille story "Kennedy's proposal raises questions." (Read
January 15, 2014
AASCU Policy Matters brief featured in Inside Higher Ed story "U.S. Urged to Give Incentives to States on College Funding." (Read)

January 15, 2014
AASCU Policy Matters brief featured in Chronicle of Higher Education story "Report Proposes Federal Matching Grants for State Higher Education." (Read
January 15, 2014
AASCU releases Policy Matters paper "A Proposed Federal Matching Program to Stop the Privatization of Public Higher Education." (Read)
January 10, 2014
AASCU State Outlook cited in The Advocate story "Regents: Legislature should listen to recommendations." (Read)
January 10, 2014
AASCU EdLines 10 January 2014 (Read
January 9, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Republican article "Attorney General Martha Coakley's new rules for for-profit schools earn mixed grade at public hearing." (Read
January 9, 2014
AASCU's State Outlook cited in The Advocate article "Regents: Legislature should listen to recommendations." (Read)
January 9, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian's testimony to Massachusetts AG re: for-profit college regulations (Read
January 3, 2014
AASCU EdLines 3 January 2014 (Read)
December 24, 2013
AASCU mentioned in Diverse Issues in Higher Education article "Calif. Higher Education Leader: Demand-Based Funding Best Serves Underrepresented Groups." (Read)
December 21, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Associated Press article "Vermont college program helps support single parents." (Read
December 20, 2013
AASCU State Outlook cited in Governing article "The Top 10 Legislative Issues to Watch in 2014." (Read)
December 20, 2013
AASCU EdLines 20 December 2013 (Read) 
December 16, 2013
AASCU mentioned in The Daily Californian article "Napolitano, panelists call for change of mindset regarding funding." (Read)

December 15, 2013
AASCU mentioned in Diverse Issues in Higher Education article "UC President Janet Napolitano Advises College Officials on Building Relationships with Lawmakers" (Read)

December 13, 2013
AASCU mentioned in San Jose Mercury News article "Higher Education: UC President Janet Napolitano, meets CSU, community college counterparts for first time" (Read)

December 13, 2013
AASCU mentioned in Capital Public Radio article "California Higher Education Leaders Address National Education Conference" (Read)

December 12, 2013
AASCU mentioned in Diverse Issues in Higher Education article "State Colleges, Universities Advised to Embrace Change" (Read)
December 6, 2013
AASCU EdLines 6 December 2013 (Read)
December 4, 2013
AASCU's State Outlook references in New Orleans Times-Picayune article "Louisiana Higher Education Funding Cuts Highest in the Nation, Report Says" (Read)
December 3, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Governing Magazine article "States Makes Turnaround in Higher Ed Funding." (Read
November 22, 2013
AASCU EdLines 22 November 2013 (Read)
November 8, 2013
AASCU EdLines 8 November 2013 (Read)
November 7, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Associated Press article "Vt. aims to become food systems education leader." (Read)
November 3, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Kansas City Star article "Kansas higher education funding gets new legislative scrutiny." (Read)
November 1, 2013
AASCU EdLines 1 November 2013 (Read)
October 25, 2013
AASCU EdLines 25 October 2013 (Read)
October 19, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in The New York Times story "Low-Cost B.A. Starting Slowly in Two States." (Read)
October 18, 2013
AASCU EdLines 18 October 2013 (Read
October 11, 2013
AASCU EdLines 11 October 2013 (Read
October 7, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley interview with Michigan Public Radio "Public Colleges and Universities in Michigan Could be in Big Trouble" (Read)
September 30, 2013
AASCU cited in Lawrence Journal-World article "Education image." (Read)
September 27, 2013
AASCU EdLines 27 September 2013 (Read)
September 13, 2013
AASCU EdLines 13 September 2013 (Read)
September 12, 2013
AASCU mentioned in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Second Round of Gates Project Aims for 'Convergence' of Financial-Aid Reforms." (Read
August 29, 2013
AASCU cited in LSU Reveille article "Opinion: New report highlights dismal picture for Louisiana's education system. (Read
August 28, 2013
AASCU cited in Businessweek article "High School in 3, College in 3, Law School in 2: What's the Rush?" (Read)
August 25, 2013
AASCU cited in Media Matters article "What the WSJ Gets Wrong on the Cause of Higher Education Costs." (Read)
August 23, 2013
AASCU EdLines 23 August 2013 (Read)
August 22, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Public Colleges Endorse Obama Plans on Affordability and Accountability" (Read)
August 22, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in The North Coast Journal article "HSU: The Gateway Drug" (Read)
August 22, 2013
AASCU State Outlook cited in Inside Higher Ed article "State Funding Upturn" (Read)
August 18, 2013
AASCU cited in Associated Press article "Analysis: Louisiana college students see higher tuition rates again." (Read)
August 16, 2013
AASCU EdLines 16 August 2013 (Read)
August 12, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in USA Today article "New Iowa law test know-how of college faculty." (Read)
August 7, 2013
AASCU presentation "Creating a New Compact Between States and Public Higher Education: Actions to Achieve 2025 Goals" at 2013 State Higher Education Executive Officer (SHEEO) Policy Conference (Read
July 26, 2013
AASCU EdLines 26 July 2013 (Read)
July 23, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Stateline.org "When State Executives Make More than The Governor." (Read
July 21, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Wichita Eagle blog post "Chamber's 'pro-jobs' favored higher education cuts." (Read)
July 21, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Pantagraph (IL) article "10 years later, many debate good of plan to lock in tuition." (Read)

July 15, 2013
AASCU's State Outlook cited in Lawrence Journal-World article "Kansas among few states that cut funding to universities." (Read)

 July 18, 2013 
AASCU cited in Lawrence Journal-World article "Wrong Direction" (Read)      

July 15, 2013  
AASCU's State Outlook cited in Lawrence Journal-World article "Kansas among few states that cut funding to universities. (Read) 

July 18, 2013      
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Stateline.org "Little Financial Aid to States in Immigration Plan." (Read)      

July 15, 2013  
AASCU cited in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Policy Trends in State Higher Education." (Read) 

July 15, 2013 
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education story "States Strike Budget Bargains with Higher Education." (Read) 
July 15, 2013 
AASCU policy brief cited in Inside Higher Ed article "Stretching State Aid." (Read) 

July 12, 2013       
AASCU releases "State Outlook: Dynamics Affecting Public Higher Education Financing and Highlights from States' 2013 Legislative Sessions." (Read) 

July 12, 2013       
AASCU EdLines 12 July 2013 (Read)       

July 8, 2013      
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Stateline article "Graduation Rates, Test Scores Drive Higher Education Funding." (Read) 

July 7, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in The Wichita Eagle article "State's Role in Funding Kansas Universities Debated." (Read)

July 5, 2013
AASCU EdLines 5 July 2013 (Read)
June 28, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Seattle Times story "Step Forward': College Tuition Frozen for at Least a Year." (Read
June 28, 2013
AASCU EdLines 28 June 2013 (Read)
June 28, 2013
AASCU P5 Report summary in Inside Higher Ed article "Call for a New Compact Between States and Public Higher Ed." (Read)
June 27, 2013
AASCU P5 Report write in up Chronicle of Higher Education article "Public Colleges Must Focus on Outreach to States, Association Says." (Read
June 27, 2013
AASCU Task Force on Making Public Higher Education a State Priority releases new report "Creating a New Compact Between States and Public Higher Education" (Read)
June 21, 2013
AASCU EdLines 21 June 2013 (Read)
June 20, 2013
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Detroit News article "University of Michigan expected to increase 2013-14 tuition today." (Read)
June 17, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in USA Today article "States boost college funding, reign in tuition costs." (Read)
June 14, 2013
AASCU EdLines 14 June 2013 (Read)
June 12, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Associated Press article "College laud, faculty fret over tax-free zones." (Read)
June 10, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Washington Times story "Remedial Education: College presidents learn they can't hide from scandal in social media age." (Read
June 7, 2013
AASCU EdLines 7 June 2013 (Read)
May 31, 2013
AASCU EdLines 31 May 2013 (Read)
May 24, 2013
AASCU EdLines 24 May 2013 (Read)
May 17, 2013
AASCU EdLines 17 May 2013 (Read)

May 10, 2013
AASCU EdLines 10 May 2013 (Read)

May 6, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education story "Wisconsin Lawmakers Criticize Colleges Over Cash Reserves." (Read)

May 3, 2013
AASCU EdLines 3 May 2013 (Read)

April 30, 2013
AASCU's Daniel Hurley's radio interview on NHPR (Listen)

April 26, 2013
AASCU EdLines 26 April 2013 (Read)

April 19, 2013
AASCU EdLines 19 April 2013 (Read)

April 12, 2013
AASCU EdLines 12 April 2013 (Read)

April 8, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "As Public-Private Pay Gap Widens, State Universities Try to Hang on to Faculty" (Read)

April 7, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in San Antonio News-Express article "Designing $10,000 degrees tests colleges." (Read)

April 5, 2013
AASCUEdLines5 April 2013 (Read)


March 29, 2013
AASCU EdLines 29 March 2013 (Read)

March 22, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Associated Press article "Mississippi State University to offer some degrees in 3 years." (Read)

March 22, 2013
AASCU EdLines 22 March 2013 (Read)

March 15, 2013
AASCU EdLines 15 March 2013 (Read)

March 14, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Christian Science Monitor story "California bill aims to be 'turning point' for college courses online." (Read)

March 8, 2013
AASCU cited in Washington Monthly article "Army and Marine Corps Suspend Tuition Assistance Program" (Read)

March 8, 2013
AASCU EdLines 8 March 2013 (Read)

March 7, 2013
AASCU State Advisory 2013 Gubernatorial State of the State Addresses and Higher Education (Read)

March 4, 2013
Dan Hurley quoted in Christian Science Monitor article "College Tuition: Pay $10,000 for four years." (Read)

March 1, 2013
AASCU EdLines 1 March 2013 (Read)


February 26, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Orlando Sentinel article "$10,000 bachelor's degrees may benefit few students." (Read)

February 25, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Associated Press article "Most Miss. higher ed has graduation rates below 50%." (Read)

February 22, 2013
AASCU EdLines 22 February 2013 (Read)

February 15, 2013
AASCU EdLines 15 February 2013 (Read)

February 11, 2013
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The State Pressarticle "Gov. Brewer's recommends increased funding for ASU, NAU in budget proposal."(Read)

February 11, 2013
AASCU cited in Minnesota Daily article "U to Test Year-Round Calendar." (Read)

February 8, 2013
AASCU EdLines 8 February 2013 (Read)

February 6, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted inArizona Republicarticle "Arizona Colleges Covet Out-of-State Students." (Read)

February 4, 2013
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Kiplinger's Personal Finance article "4 Alternatives to the Four-Year Degree." (Read)

February 1, 2013
AASCU EdLines 1 February 2013 (Read)


January 30, 2013
AASCU mentioned Inside Higher Edarticle "Another Liberal Arts Critic." (Read)

January 29, 2013
AASCU mentioned in Inside Higher Edarticle "Fewer Bucks, More Bangs." (Read)

January 25, 2013
AASCU EdLines 25 January 2013 (View)

January 21, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "It's the Economy, Stupid." (Read)

January 18, 2013
AASCU EdLines 18 January 2013 (Read)

January 16, 2013
AASCU's policy brief featured in CBS News Moneywatch article "6 Challenges Facing State Universities." (Read)

January 14, 2013
AASCU's policy brief featured in Daily Tar Heel article "Universities Prioritize in Times of Scarce Funding." (Read)

January 11, 2013
AASCUEdlines 11 January 2013 (Read)

January 10, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in New York Times article "Downturn Still Squeezes Colleges and Universities." (Read)

January 9, 2013
AASCU's Policy Matters brief featured in Education Week's " Higher Ed Concerns Shift to Student Success over Funding." (Read)

January 9, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley commentary on gun violence in the Huffington Post (Read)

January 8, 2013
AASCU policy brief discussed in Inside Higher Edarticle " State Higher Ed Group: Budget Cuts No Longer Top Issue." (Read)

January 8, 2013
AASCU mentioned in Huffington Post article "Guns on Campus Divides Americans Opinions in New Poll." (Read)

January 8, 2013
AASCU policy brief cited in Inside Higher Ed article "Tapping into the Well." (Read)

January 8, 2013
AASCU mentioned in Chronicle of Higher Education article "State-Colleges Group Names Top 10 Policy Issues for 2013." (Read)

January 4, 2013
AASCU EdLines 4 January 2013 (Read)

January 3, 2013
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "College Education Expected to Remain a High Priority for States." (Read)


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