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.
Making the Case for Higher Education Amid Scarcity and DivisionDecember 4-6, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana
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.
Delivering Results Amid Change, Uncertainty, and PolarizationDecember 5-7, 2018
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.
Advancing the Public Higher Education Agenda in a New EraDecember 6-8, 2017
San Diego, California
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.
What’s Next? Public Higher Education at a Crossroads November 30-December 2, 2016
St. Peteresburg, Florida
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.