News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Walpole (202) 478-4665


We are pleased Congress heeded existing widespread and overwhelming concern around the Department of Education's teacher preparation regulation and rescinded it before it could inflict actual damage. The rule in question would be costly and burdensome to implement for the states, and bore little relevance to current state-of-the-art practices in the field at institutions of higher education.

Last year, AASCU convened a taskforce of experts from across the country to map out the future direction of teacher preparation on our campuses and to better frame the ways in which federal policy can promote greater excellence. The taskforce's report provides a constructive roadmap for continuing improvement. We plan to work with Congress and the administration to revamp and strengthen the federal role in this critical area through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.  

Additional Information:

Coalition letter to Senate leaders on teacher preparation programs (March 7, 2017)

AASCU Letter to U.S. Senate regarding Teacher Preparation Regulation (March 6, 2017)

AASCU Letter to the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee regarding Teacher Preparation Regulation (February 7, 2017)

Coalition letter to Rep. Foxx and Rep. Scott re: Resolution of disapproval to block implementation of the Teacher Preparation Rule (February 6, 2017)


The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.