• Higher Education Government Relations Conference

    Higher Education Government Relations Conference, held in December and co-hosted with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), convenes a group of more than 200 professionals who foster effective governmental and community relations on behalf of colleges and universities. The conference is a forum for networking and information sharing about higher education public policy at the state and federal level.

    The next HEGRC will be November 30-December 2 at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown.

    Strengthening Higher Education’s Value Proposition Through Advocacy
    November 30-December 2
    Washington, DC

    2022 HEGRC

    Join your peers at this important gathering and professional development opportunity to exchange strategies for improving innovation, accountability, affordability, productivity, and state support of higher education. The program will feature thought leaders from across the political, policy, and higher education spectrum. Read more.

    Higher Education and a Renewed American Compact
    Friday, February 12, 19, and 26, 2021

    2022 HEGRC

    Conference speakers led conversations around the needs of students affected disproportionately by the dual health and economic crises, how colleges and university campuses continue to be financially impacted, and the prospects of additional assistance that could be provided. Read more.

    Making the Case for Higher Education Amid Scarcity and Division
    December 4-6, 2019
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    2019 HEGRC

    This year’s theme addresses the dual challenges of funding and political polarization. How can government relations professionals bridge divides and successfully achieve results for public higher education in this environment? This conference will explore innovative strategies and best practices in state higher education advocacy, coalition development, media relations, policy development, and messaging to advance the public higher education agenda. Read more.

    Delivering Results Amid Change, Uncertainty, and Polarization
    December 5-7, 2018
    Atlanta, Georgia

    2018 HEGRC

    With 36 governors and most legislative seats up for grabs in the fall election—and many key lawmakers facing term limits or retiring—higher education government relations professionals around the country will interact with a variety of state legislative and executive leaders next year. This provides a pivotal opportunity to share public higher education’s story and build champions for the years ahead. Read more.

    Advancing the Public Higher Education Agenda in a New Era
    December 6-8, 2017
    San Diego, California

    2017 HEGRC

    As higher education government relations professionals prepare for the 2018 state legislative sessions, a host of political, economic, demographic, and technological changes have ushered in a new, more complicated era for advancing the public higher education agenda. Greater political polarization has eroded public faith in some institutions, including higher education, and public college campuses have been caught in the middle of high-profile state budget stalemates and disputes over campus speech.   Read more.

    What’s Next? Public Higher Education at a Crossroads
    November 30-December 2, 2016
    St. Peteresburg, Florida

    2016 HEGRC

    With the 2016 campaign over, this conference will assess the new political landscape and its ramifications for higher education. The conference will demonstrate how campus government relations professionals can create messages, engage and energize stakeholders, and assemble coalitions that recognize and reflect new realities confronting public higher education and state government.   Read more.