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.

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For inquiries involving state higher education policy or institutional practices, contact Thomas Harnisch, Director, State Relations and Policy Analysis.


 

July 31, 2018
AASCU State Policy Update from March to June released (Read

July 13, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Statehouse Report article "Graduates in 34 school districts now can get free tech school tuition." (Read

June 26, 2018
AASCU's releases "Making Partnerships Work: Principles, Guidelines, and Advice for Public University Leaders." (Read

June 18, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "Want to Kill Tenure? Be Careful What You Wish For." (Read

June 9, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article "Top Georgia Universities Seek More Rural Students." (Read

May 16, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Washington Post article "Settlement with Larry Nassar Victims Will Have Impact on Michigan State." (Read

May 16, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The New York Times article "Michigan State's $500 Million for Nassar Victims Dwarfs Other Settlements." (Read

May 14, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "More college students in Nebraska are graduation in 4 years as schools' efforts pay off." (Read

May 14, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Des Moines Register article "Faculty, staff salary increases on hold at University of Iowa until at least January." (Read

May 10, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in SSTI article "College mergers a prescription in meeting higher ed headaches." (Read

May 2, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Idaho Business Review article "College of Southern Idaho seek to offer bachelor's degrees." (Read

April 10, 2018
AASCU releases "The 2018 Gubernatorial State of the State Addresses and Higher Education." (Read

March 22, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Governing article "Are More Strikes Coming? West Virginia Wasn't the Only State Neglecting Employee Health Care." (Read

March 6, 2018
AASCU releases "State Higher Education Policy Update for January-February 2018." (Read

February 26, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "Reduced tuition seems to be paying off for the College of St. Mary." (Read

February 23, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "What if Pitt were to go private? Some ponder the unthinkable as dwindling state aid becomes less certain." (Read

February 18, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "As NU system faces cuts, two sides differ on how well Nebraska colleges are funded." (Read

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)

January 16, 2018
AASCU releases "Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2018." (Read

January 10, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "In effort to expand reach and draw students, more colleges offer in-state tuition to nonresidents." (Read

January 4, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Des Moines Register article "Iowa regents' delayed decision on tuition hikes could put students in a bind." (Read

December 21, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Cronkite News article "Recession created 'perfect storm' for sharp rise in student loan debt." (Read

December 20, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in SSTI article "Community colleges continuing trend to offer four-year degrees." (Read

December 20, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "Mental health is a growing challenge on campus, and people of color are most negatively affected." (Read

December 19, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "Will state funding to higher ed decrease in 2018 and beyond?" (Read

December 17, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha-World Herald story "UNL under fire from national groups for punishing lecturer after clash with conservative student." (Read

December 14, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Tampa Bay Times article "Florida lawmakers want stronger college free speech rules amid First Amendment flareups." (Read)  

December 12, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "Free community college: It's not just Democrats making the push." (Read

November 30, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Discover.com article "Can I Attend Two Colleges at the Same Time?" (Read

November 1, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in U.S. News & World Report article "What You Need to Know About Colleges and That Allow Guns." (Read

October 25, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Experian "Is Free College Free?" (Read

October 23, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Wisconsin State Journal article "Latest action deepen divide between UW System leaders and many faculty, students." (Read

October 20, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Record story "NJCU offers free tuition to students displaced by hurricanes in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands." (Read

October 20, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Statehouse Report article "S.C. disproportionately funds merit-based scholarships, bucking national trend." (Read

October 19, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Marketplace radio interview "Pennsylvania's budget stalemat threatens in-state tuition discounts." (Read

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

October 2, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Atlanta Black Star article "Is the Lottery a Regressive Tax on the Poor." (Read

October 2, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch and Dylan Opalich quoted in Education Dive article "Workforce development, free speech and sanctuary campuses: Higher ed groups unpack top state concerns." (Read

September 12, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Oregonian article "Portland State debuts $64 million business school in the heart of campus." (Read

September 7, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Post article "Nellis' salary reflects officials' confidence in his abilities." (Read

September 1, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in New Republic article "Why Does America Keep Falling for "Sham Schools?" (Read

August 29, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Columbus Dispatch article "Lawmakers pushing campus free-speech bill; universities question the need." (Read

August 24, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Stateline.org article "Charlottesville Pay Put the Brakes on Campus Free Speech Laws." (Read)

August 14, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Tampa Bay Times article "Florida universities are hiring hundreds of new faculty in push for smaller classes, more prestige." (Read

August 4, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "Report: Higher ed funding remains mixed as free speech bills gain popularity." (Read

August 2, 2017
AASCU Release "State Outlook: Dynamics Affecting Public Higher Education Financing and Highlights from States' 2017 Legislative Sessions." (Read

July 31, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in U.S. News and World Report story "Campus Free Speech Laws Ignite the Country." (Read

July 31, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story "Rate of grads attending state college drops a bit." (Read

July 27, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Chicago Tribune article "Illinois budget backlog is giving health care providers, patients a headache." (Read

July 23, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "State Funding Cuts Matter." (Read

July 20, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Iowa City Press-Citizen article "University of Iowa seeking firms to help with employment review." (Read

July 17, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "Getting Resourceful: How Administrators Can Generate Alternative Revenue Streams." (Read

July 17, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article "Chancellor of Pennsylvania state-owned universities to retire." (Read

July 16, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch and Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Mercury News article "Silicon Valley investors embrace a new vision of college." (Read

July 11, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Consultant releases recommendations for struggling state universities." (Read

July 2, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "Creighton committee aims to clarify sexual assault policies." (Read

June 26, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch joint presentation with APLU at the APLU Council on Student Affairs (Read

June 20, 2017
AASCU joint presentation with APLU for ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition (Read)

June 14, 2017
AASCU' Barmak Nassirian quoted in Diverse article "Boston Bridge Program Aims to Put College Within Residents' Reach." (Read)   

June 7, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Inside Higher Ed story "Swift and Silent Exits." (Read

June 2, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Physics Today article "Illinois budget damaging state universities." (Read

May 29, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution story "Georgia lawmaker uses power of the purse to influence colleges." (Read)  

May 28, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Kansas City Star article "University of Missouri struggles to rebuild image after hits to reputation, enrollment." (Read

May 24, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Inside Higher Ed story "Angst Over Middle-Class Aid." (Read

May 21, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The State article "'Trump effect' causes drop in international applications in USC, Clemson." (Read

May 19, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Delta Sky Magazine article "Higher Education in the Fast Lane." (Read

May 17, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in University Business article "Performance pays in higher ed." (Read

May 11, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Associated Press article "New York's Free College Plan Touted as a Model for Nation." (Read

May 6, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The State article "USC offers $84 million in tuition breaks to out-of-state students." (Read

May 5, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in St. Louis Public Radio story "A look at how Missouri will spend $27.8 billion, should Gov. Greitens approve." (Read

May 3, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Stateline.org article "Why Some States are Making Short-Term Training Free." (Read

May 2, 2017
AASCU' Thomas Harnisch quoted in Diverse article "Top Colleges Urged to Boost Percentage of Pell Grant students." (Read

April 30, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "Public Regional Colleges Never Die. Can They Be Saved?" (Read)

April 29, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in WWL article "LA spends less money on higher-ed students than any other state" (Read)

April 28, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Purdue's Bold Move" (Read)

April 25, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch Presentation at ACUHO-I Mid-Managers's Leadership Institute. (Read

April 21, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Diverse article "Colleges' Reliance on Tuition Revenue Growing" (Read)

April 20, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Anniston Star article "JSU signs student transfer agreements with Gadsden State." (Read)

April 17, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "NY's Tuition-Free Dream Meets Details" (Read)

April 17, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Associated Press article "Will free college offer catch fire? NYC details raise doubts" (Read)

April 15, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Cheaper competition makes it tough for PA state system schools" (Read

April 14, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The News Star article "Here's how much Louisiana college leaders get paid" (Read)

April 10, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Diverse article "Experts: NY Free-College Model Positive, Not Perfect" (Read)

April 6, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Hechinger Report article "Idaho Gives Education Money Directly to Teenagers to Manage Themselves" (Read)

March 31, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in WUSF article "High School Math, Science, and Foreign Languages: At Risk from Computer Coding?" (Read)

March 30, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Village Sun Times article "GOP changes Governor's free college tuition plan" (Read)

March 27, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Are Mergers in Pennsylvania Higher Ed's Future?" (Read)

March 13, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "State System's universities struggling to retain students, but rates vary." (Read)  

March 13, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Associated Press article "Southern Republican governor leading free tuition movement." (Read

March 11, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Iowa City Press-Citizen article "Should Iowa universities form their own PACs." (Read

March 8, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in U.S. News and World Report story "More Public Colleges Start Tuition-Free Programs." (Read)

March 8, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education story "Republican State Lawmakers Seek to Ban 'Sanctuary' Campuses." (Read

March 6, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in U.S. News & World Report article "Washington's 'Cross-Pollination' of Business Blossoming." (Read

March 5, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Morning Call (Pa.) article "Should students still apply to a PASSHE schools? 'Absolute,' says PASSHE. (Read

March 3, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Iowa City Press-Citizen article "UI's next move could be tuition hike." (Read

February 28, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Iowa City Press-Citizen story "Should IU have been offering so many legacy scholarships?" ( Read

February 28, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Market Watch article "Why colleges mistakenly accept (and then reject) students year after year."  Read)

February 25, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Associated Press article "Pink Slips May Await Some Pennsylvania Public Universities." ( Read

February 20, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Newsday article "Cuomo's college tuition plan comes with unclear costs, benefits." ( Read

February 14, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "A System Throws Out Its Search for a New Leader. Now What?" ( Read)

February 14, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "NU isn't alone in facing cuts to state funding, tuition increases." ( Read)

February 12, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article "State Proposes Free Tuition, Fees for 2-Year Plans." ( Read

January 26, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Chancellor: State System, amid enrollment, financial strain, to eye all options---even mergers or closures." ( Read)  

January 19, 2017
AASCU releases Policy Matters brief "Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2017" ( Read

January 11, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Wisconsin State Journal story "Scott Walker proposal would be first University of Wisconsin tuition cut in decades." ( Read

January 9, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Oregonian article "Sen. Peter Courtney wants community colleges and universities to merge---if they want to." ( Read

January 3, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Hechinger Report article "Nationwide, state budget cuts disproportionately hit low-income, minority college students." ( Read

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