Policy & Advocacy
AASCU delivers America’s promise through its public policy advocacy.
We amplify members’ voices, offering legislators and advocates guidance that promotes higher education and empowers state colleges and universities to transform their communities.Contact us.
We inform policymakers to strengthen state colleges and universities.
AASCU members are shaping the nation.
Our institutions are stewards of place, creating and sustaining thriving communities as engines of upward social mobility in cities, suburbs, towns, and remote rural areas throughout the United States.
out of the 780 public four-year institutions in the United States are AASCU members.
undergraduate students – 34% of the nation’s 9.3 million – are enrolled in or at AASCU institutions.
of the 1.4 million bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States come from AASCU members.
Elevate our Public Policy Agenda.
Our annual Public Policy Agenda promotes the collective priorities of our members before Congress and the administration, focusing on the following three pillars and their policy actions:
- Campus Safety
- Protection and Promotion of Free Speech
- Promoting Civic Engagement, Campus Diversity
- Improve Educational Opportunities for Veterans and Service Members
- Support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and “Dreamers”
- Promote International Education, Support Foster Care Youth Students
“The AASCU on the Hill event was great. The speakers and panelists did a nice job of summarizing key federal policies and issues, providing helpful tips and tactics, and reminding attendees of the “why” behind the event, always grounding us in the significance of our mission as regional comprehensive universities. The meetings with federal legislators went very well, and the involvement of our amazing student leaders was particularly inspiring.
The event was the right mix of policy, learning, networking, engagement, and advocacy. And the D.C. weather cooperated perfectly!”
“I am so glad I could be a part of AASCU’s inaugural “Day on the Hill.” Advocacy at the federal level has been uncharted territory, however, the day before prep and the chance to share with colleagues from other parts of the country provided just the right boost for this initial effort. Time will tell if we made an impact, but talking with our elected officials in this setting was a positive experience. Thanks to AASCU for making it happen.”
AASCU members are transforming student lives. Our advocacy amplifies their work.
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