Meet the AASCU members advancing social mobility for students of all backgrounds, positively impacting them, their families, and their communities.
State colleges and universities power upward social and economic mobility. AASCU intensifies their impact.
AASCU institutions advance social mobility for students of all backgrounds, positively impacting them, their families, and their communities for generations to come. Offering more than 3 million students each year an affordable, high-quality college education—particularly those from lower-income families, first-generation college students, and students of color—AASCU institutions are stewards of their communities, powering economic growth and preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens who live by the values of a democratic society.
Our members expand access, success, and opportunity across every region – from cities and suburbs to remote rural towns – across the U.S. and globally.
AASCU institutions deliver America’s promise of opportunities for all. Our members are:
offering greater value than other higher education options.
accelerating student success, especially among low-income, first-generation, students of color, and working adults.
exposing students to a full range of economic opportunities through teaching and mentoring from a faculty of engaged scholars.
preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens, instilled with a sense of agency.
average yearly tuition for in-state, full-time undergraduates at AASCU institutions.
of public four-year HBCUs and 64% of public four-year HSIs are AASCU members.
of public, four-year bachelor’s degrees were awarded by AASCU institutions.
students receive an affordable, high-quality college education from AASCU institutions.
Our members are transformational. Explore the ways they’re changing students’ lives.
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
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.
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.
Together, AASCU members are educating the leaders and citizens for the workforce of today and tomorrow.
“AASCU is working on important issues that affect the changing higher education landscape in our country and provides tools, information, and best practices for the leaders of member institutions to effectively manage these issues and challenges. AASCU membership has provided me the opportunity to connect with colleagues and peers from across the country from whom I can learn and jointly influence the future of higher education in the United States.”
“AASCU provides an important service to us as a public institution of higher education, and to me as a president, by offering a way for leaders and stakeholders in our institution to receive the best resources and tools to do their jobs. The AASCU focus on celebrating a culture of teaching and learning, as well as their passionate advocacy for that culture at all levels, means they have the best interests of our students and faculty at heart. I can say with confidence that our institution has benefitted from our membership in the organization.”
“I look forward to attending AASCU meetings and participating in various programs as a college president, and before as a chief academic officer. I now encourage my deans and CAOs to participate because I know that they would likely meet and connect to lifelong friends and colleagues as I did. My AASCU colleagues are the people I call to check in or to discuss the challenges we are all facing as leaders in higher education.”
I look forward to attending AASCU meetings and participating in various programs as a college president, and before as a chief academic officer. I now encourage my deans and CAOs to participate because I know that they would likely meet and connect to lifelong friends and colleagues as I did. My AASCU colleagues are the people I call to check in or to discuss the challenges we are all facing as leaders in higher education.
Help students at state colleges and universities reach their highest potential.
Get answers to common questions about AASCU members.
AASCU is a network of 350 state colleges and universities — also known as regional comprehensive universities and regional public universities — and the systems that support them.
AASCU institutions offer students of all backgrounds an affordable, high-quality college education—particularly those from lower-income families, first-generation college students, and students of color.
AASCU institutions are located across nearly all 50 states as well as in U.S. territories, the Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico.
AASCU institutions offer more than 3 million students the opportunity to attain a transformative college education, moving students from lower-income families up the socioeconomic scale.
AASCU members offer more than 3 million students a vital college education, awarding nearly half of the 1.4 million bachelors’ degrees conferred by public four-year institutions. AASCU institutions are stewards of their communities, powering economic growth and preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens who live by the values of a democratic society.
State colleges and universities develop curriculum that delivers valuable learning outcomes and meets workforce needs.
AASCU institutions expand opportunities for students from different cultures and ethnicities, the city, rural towns, and locations around the world, making student success equitable and inclusive of first-generation students, low-income students, and students of color, and working adults.
AASCU institutions belong to a network of 350 state colleges and universities that work collaboratively to expand opportunities for students and their communities. Members receive ongoing, customized support as they build diverse leadership pipelines and support upward social and economic mobility for their students.
AASCU advocates among federal policymakers the importance of ensuring sufficient, consistent, and sustained funding to keep state colleges and universities an equitable post-secondary option for all students, especially those from modest economic circumstances.
AASCU institutions emphasize the importance of experiential learning to prepare students with the skills they need to succeed in their careers. Research shows citizens with a college education are more likely to earn more money over their lifetimes, pay more taxes, vote, volunteer, and live healthier lives.