Our Organization

AASCU is the collective voice of 350 state colleges and universities united by our shared commitment to expand student access, success, and opportunity.

AASCU Office
American Association of State Colleges and Universities Headquarters

AASCU shapes public policy and strengthens state college and university leaders as they expand student access and success.

We are the collective voice of 350 state colleges, universities, and systems united by our shared commitment to make affordable, high-quality education available to students of all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities.

Our 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.


Our strategic goals are rooted in our commitment to promoting institutional transformation among our members.

  • Goal 1: Engage AASCU members in accelerated institutional transformation that optimizes their respective missions and student success goals.
  • Goal 2: Advance the mission of AASCU institutions through national policy.
  • Goal 3: Collect, analyze, and disseminate data to inform policy and practice.
  • Goal 4: Elevate AASCU’s organizational capacity, long-term impact, influence, and leadership.
Learn how we’re pursuing our strategic goals.

We are grounded in equitable and inclusive values.

Increasing social and economic mobility by promoting accessible, affordable, and high quality public higher education for students of all backgrounds in particular those who are non-traditional, from lower-income families, or from underrepresented groups.

Committing to programs and policies that help our members position students at the heart of their institutions and that have real-world impact on students’ social and economic mobility.

Fostering innovative strategies that help members think deeply and creatively about the nature of their work and encourage institutional achievement.

Proactively working to understand and respond to the needs of our member institutions and the diverse students and communities they serve.

Enhancing institutional leadership by supporting presidents, chancellors, and campus leaders with professional development opportunities that foster exemplary practices, innovative management, and promote a cadre of diverse future leaders.

Fostering responsible and accountable stewardship of the public trust.

Our Programs

Each of our programs helps our members educate the leaders and citizens for the workforce of today and tomorrow.

We transform institutions.

We undergird our members to equitably prepare graduates for fulfilling careers and financial security.

Explore Student Success programs.

We shape

We engage policy makers on legislative priorities that support students and accelerate the impact of state colleges and universities.

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We equip

Our individualized programs strengthen diverse leadership pipelines from emerging leaders to experienced presidents.

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We develop global citizens.

We amplify our members’ efforts to elevate civic and global engagement as an educational priority.

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We create

We facilitate networking, communities of support, collective learning, and innovation among members.

Explore Communities & Convening opportunities.

We provide

We offer campus leaders research, tools, and services custom-built for regional comprehensives and the leaders who support them.

Explore Resources & Expertise offerings.

Our Team

Our team is passionate about tackling obstacles with—and creating opportunities for—our members.


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AASCU Board of Directors

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Join our team

Our employees are committed to AASCU’s mission, vision, and values, and demonstrate a dedication to diversity and equity, excellence and collaboration, innovation, and accountability.

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AASCU presidents and chancellors play a vital role in driving our work forward.

Meet our member-led committees.

Learn how we’re delivering America’s promise.