• Membership Benefits

    Support for the Public Purpose of Public Higher Education 

    • Student-Centered Advocacy
      AASCU’s work at the national level facilitates college access, affordability and accountability and is based on a unique member-driven Public Policy Agenda that puts students at the core of our advocacy efforts.

    • Policy Advisories and Action Alerts
      AASCU provides regular and timely updates from Washington on key issues affecting our members and their students. Advisories and action alerts inform members about policy issues and seek their involvement in influencing legislation with their members of Congress.

    • Focus on State Relations
      AASCU is the only presidential association that focuses on state policy analysis and emerging trends and issues across the 50 states. Focus on Presidents, Chancellors and Leadership Teams

    Focus on Presidents, Chancellors and Leadership Teams

    • Member-Driven Policy and Programs
      AASCU presidents and chancellors help to set AASCU’s course on issues of national significance through their work in areas such as formulation of the Public Policy Agenda, Summer Council programming and committee and task force initiatives.

    • Leadership Support
      Presidents facing difficult challenges can discuss these in confidence with the AASCU leadership and receive referrals to colleagues who have had experience in similar situations.

    • Professional Development
      Both leadership and professional development are a rich tradition in AASCU that includes an academy for new presidents, leadership renewal for veteran presidents and programs for those exploring the presidency. AASCU also offers programs to support and strengthen the presidential leadership team and to encourage talented administrators seeking career advancement.

    • Exclusive Meetings for Presidents and Chancellors
      AASCU presents two meetings annually that provide presidents and chancellors an opportunity to network and to focus on issues relevant to their executive roles and their institutional leadership.

    • Programs for Spouses and Partners
      AASCU has long recognized the vital role of the presidential spouse or partner and in doing so offers programming at both the Annual Meeting and Summer Council exclusively for spouses and partners.

    Access to Distinctive Programs and Practices 

    • Support for Civic and Regional Engagement
      AASCU’s American Democracy Project and the association’s work in developing the “stewards of place” concept have placed AASCU members in the leadership vanguard of these increasingly important and distinctive movements. Both reinforce the public purpose of public higher education.

    • Special Initiatives
      AASCU membership gives institutions access to three special initiatives—the funding information services offered by the Grants Resource Center, the leadership development support provided by the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) and the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)  

    • International Programs
      Institutions strategically planning a more robust international experience for students and faculties have access to the AASCU Office of International Education. For a more comprehensive listing of opportunities, click here.

    • Special Membership Advantages
      Enjoy access to office space and a conference room when visiting Washington, D.C. Stay at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, located close to AASCU’s offices, and save on lodging rates by utilizing our local rate agreement. Read more (pdf)