Our Impact

AASCU delivers America’s promise of opportunities for all.

Our vital network of state colleges, universities, and higher education partners strives to advance and reimagine student success and institutional transformation across the nation and around the world.

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University of Central Oklahoma

Our members educate the leaders and citizens for the workforce of today and tomorrow.

50%

of the nation’s public four-year institutions are AASCU members.

45%

of the nation’s 7 million undergraduate students at public four-year institutions are enrolled by AASCU members.

43%

of public, four-year bachelor’s degrees are awarded by AASCU member institutions.

47%

of undergraduates enrolled at AASCU member institutions are students of color.

58%

of public four-year HSIs and 47% of public four-year Emerging HSIs are AASCU members.

90%

of public four-year HBCUs are
AASCU members.

40%

of undergraduates at AASCU institutions receive Pell Grants, on average.

≈$9,000

is the average yearly tuition for in-state, full-time undergraduates at AASCU member institutions.

$1,800 less

The average tuition and fees at AASCU member institutions is about $1,800 less than that of other public four-year institutions.

Source: Most recent AASCU analysis of College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System data.

Our Programs

Our responsive approach deepens our members’ effectiveness.

We transform institutions.

$9.8M

in direct grant support goes to 77 AASCU member campuses to support student success.

51

institutions (plus one system) comprise the first three cohorts of AASCU’s Student Success Equity Intensive (SSEI) program.

600K+

students are served by the first three cohort institutions of SSEI.

 

We shape
policy.

517

Regional Comprehensive Universities (RCUs) make up the sector AASCU represents as a policy voice in Congress and the administration.

177

RCUs are eligible for at least one minority-serving institution designation, for whom AASCU advocates increased federal institutional support.

38%

of students at RCUs receive Pell Grants on average; AASCU supports doubling these grants to $13K per year.

 

We equip
leaders.

≈3K

campus leaders have participated in one or more of AASCU’s leadership development programs since 1998. 

58

current presidents/chancellors of member institutions participated in at least one AASCU leadership development program. 

112

member institutions were represented across leadership development program cohorts in the first two quarters of 2024.

We develop global citizens.

6,500

students from 182 institutions (144 Chinese, 38 U.S.) have participated in the Sino-U.S. CHEPD 1+2+1 Program, which carries $400 million in total economic impact. 

500+

people from 71 AASCU campuses attended a session in our Practicing Democracy workshop series, which provided networking, knowledge sharing, and capacity building for voter education and engagement efforts on college campuses. 

70%

of AASCU campus students exercise the right to vote, compared to 50% of students at other colleges.  

 

We create
connections.

1,090

attended the four AASCU signature convenings in 2023. 

13

AASCU standing committees and affinity groups engage presidents and chancellors as national advocates for higher education and provide specialized networking and support throughout the year. 

We provide
expertise.

475

colleges and universities have been advised by AASCU Consulting on strategy, organizational transformation, leadership effectiveness, and building institutional capacity.

1.5K

active funding opportunities are housed by AASCU’s Grants Resource Center (GRC) database.

150

funded proposals are available for review through the GRC Funded Proposal Library. 

Campus Impact

Explore the ways our members are accelerating institutional transformation.

Our high-impact programs enable AASCU members to expand access and success for their diverse student bodies.

Metropolitan State University of Denver

2022 Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award: Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)

Trauma-Informed Practices with Equity in Teacher Education: TIP-Equity at MSU Denver

Trauma-Informed Practices

The Office of Education Solutions in Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver)’s School of Education works to ensure that trauma-informed practices (TIP) become so fundamental to educator preparation and school systems that future educators will not remember a time without them.

Capacity Building

To achieve this goal, the Office of Education Solutions partnered with a local non-profit, Resilient Futures, to build the capacity of current and future teachers to recognize and respond to trauma in school environments with children, build healing and equitable classrooms, and address secondary trauma in themselves and their coworkers.

Equity

The initiative integrates TIP with a lens of equity into the total School of Education curriculum for pre-service teachers. It also supports pre-service and in-service teachers and schools in implementing TIP through in-person and virtual professional development.

Terracotta Warriors at Troy University (AL)

Troy University – Alabama’s International University

The physical presence of 200 permanently exhibited Terracotta Warriors in the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park on campus is proof of Troy University’s campus and cultural transformation.

Programs
  • Sino-US CHEPD 1+2+1 Program
Impact

20+ years

Founding member of the Sino-US CHEPD 1+2+1 Program

1071

Chinese students participating in the program since 2001

$32M USD

Funds acquired by campus through participation into program

University of West Alabama

2022 Regional and Economic Development Award: The University of West Alabama

The University of West Alabama’s Division of Economic and Workforce Development, A Link Between Campus and Community

Regional Support

As the leader for economic and workforce development in Sumter County and West Alabama, known as Alabama’s “Black Belt” region, the Division of Economic and Workforce Development at the University of West Alabama (UWA)’s mission is to support and enhance the economic vitality and long-term prosperity of the region.

Quality of Life

The Division of Economic and Workforce Development has developed the capacity to support economic growth, business retention and expansion, and enhanced quality of life in the region through local and regional initiatives.

Meeting Needs

By successfully implementing these objectives, UWA’s Division of Economic and Workforce Development is addressing the challenges and meeting the needs of the Black Belt region it serves.

Meet the leaders we are privileged to serve as they drive equitable student success.

We support current and aspiring state college and university presidents and chancellors as they prepare students of all backgrounds to achieve – and drive – upward social and economic mobility.

Help students at state colleges and universities reach their highest potential.

Advance our legislative priorities.

Explore the policy agenda we’ve designed to help policymakers and advocates better support state colleges and universities.

Advocate for our institutions.

Partner with us.

Amplify the transformative power of state colleges and universities as a corporate partner, philanthropic partner, nonprofit partner or by engaging with our members.

Support our work.

Become a member.

Leverage an AASCU membership to exchange vital expertise, expand your network, and elevate our collective voice.

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