2019 Higher Education Government Relations Conference

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 to Friday, December 6, 2019
New Orleans, LA

Making the Case for Higher Education Amid Scarcity and Division

About the Conference

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education are proud to sponsor the 26thannual Higher Education Government Relations Conference (HEGRC), which will be held Dec. 4-6, 2019, at the InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. HEGRC is an educational forum for professionals whose responsibility is to foster effective governmental and community relations on behalf of public colleges and universities. The conference is coordinated by government relations staff from these associations and the Task Force on Higher Education Government Relations, comprised of state governmental affairs professionals representing the entire spectrum of American public postsecondary education.  

This year’s theme of “Making the Case for Higher Education amid Scarcity and Division” seeks to address the dual challenges of funding and political polarization. It reflects an era in which the country is experiencing economic expansion, yet state revenue growth is often limited and uneven. This has led to intense competition for new funding and requires higher education government relations professionals to use innovative, effective advocacy strategies to make the case for higher education to state lawmakers. The funding challenge is exacerbated by growing societal disagreements on the value, purposes and future of public higher education; entrenched political polarization; and the divisive influences stemming from the 2020 election cycle.

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. It will feature a diverse array of speakers from across the country to speak on issues relevant to government relations professionals today. 

Thomas Harnisch 
Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis
AASCU / harnischt@aascu.org / (202) 478-4660 (office)

Call for Proposal

The Task Force on Higher Education Government Relations has opened the conference programming to session proposals.
The deadline for proposals is July 17 at 5 p.m. All submissions will receive a response by the end of August. 
Submit your proposal.


The 2019 Higher Education Government Relations Conference serves as an exceptional venue for generating product/service visibility and professional networking.  
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Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, December 4

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.  
Pre-Conference Workshops

3:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. 
Conference Opening

5:30 p.m.— 6:30 p.m. 
Opening Reception

Thursday, December 5

7:00 a.m.— 8:00 a.m. 

8:00 a.m.— 4:15 p.m.
Conference Programming 

Friday, December 6

8:00 a.m.— 9:00 a.m. 

9:00 a.m.— 11:30 a.m.
Conference Programming

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Early Registration - $575 (Before November 7, 2019)
Late Registration - $625 (After November 7, 2019)

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How to Register
Please select among the two options below:

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InterContinental New Orleans (link to discounted room block coming soon)
444 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 525-5566

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

  • Cancel in writing by Nov. 23 to receive full refund.
  • Cancellations received after Nov. 23 will be charged a $150 administration fee that will be used to pay for meals and services already guaranteed at the hotel.
  • Cancellations received after December 3 will not be refunded.



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