Government Relations and Policy Analysis

Effective public policy is vital to sustaining a high-quality, affordable and accessible American public higher education system. AASCU serves as a valued resource to its members and stakeholders throughout the nation by providing both federal and state policy research, analysis and advocacy for sound public policy that advances higher education across the United States.

This site contains AASCU’s Public Policy Agenda—an annual summary of the association’s top federal and state higher education policy priorities—as well as continuous updates, resources and publications on policy issues central to maintaining the world’s best quality and most accessible higher education system.

AASCU Federal Policy Actions

September 16, 2019
Coalition letter to House and Senate leaders re: DACA Policy (Read

September 9, 2019
AASCU's Luis Maldonado quoted in Education Dive article "Ed Dept pitches foreign gifts reporting tool, but uncertainty remains." (Read

August 21, 2019
Coalition letter to NASA regarding Reporting Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault (Read

August 1, 2019
Coalition letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) & Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) re: College Student Hunger Act of 2019 (Read

July 25, 2019
Coalition letter to Sec. DeVos Re: State Authorization and California Students (Read

July 12, 2019
AASCU letter to the U.S. Department of Education on accreditation NPRM (Read

July 12, 2019
Coalition letter to the U.S. Department of Education regarding Section 117 of the Higher Education Act (Read

June 27, 2019
Coalition Letter to Senate leaders re: Permanent Protection for Dreamers (Read

June 21, 2019
Coalition letter to Senate leadership urging swift passage of the Kiddie Tax Scholarship Fix (Read

June 21, 2019
Coalition letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos pertaining to Section 117 of the HIgher Education Act (Read

June 19, 2019
Coalition letter to Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) on the extension of the tuition deduction and repeal of the parking tax (Read

June 7, 2019
Amicus Brief in the Case of Sweda vs University of Pennsylvania (Read

May 30, 2019
AASCU/APLU Letter to Principal Deputy Under Secretary Diane Jones on the Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulations (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 

AASCU State Policy Actions

August 15, 2019
AASCU's Luis Maldonado quoted in The Atlantic story "Alaska Still Hasn't Saved Its Universities." (Read

August 9, 2019
AASCU cited in Omaha World-Herald article "UNK hopes to trigger development with new University Village neighborhood." (Read

August 9, 2019

AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "Will U of Alaska's plan to merge its universities work?" (Read

July 23, 2019
AASCU's Mildred García quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education story "More States Are Passing Campus Free-Speech Laws. Are They Needed, or Is the Crisis Talk Overblown?" (Read

July 1, 2019
AASCU quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "'Unprecedented in Our History': One State Is On the Verge of Slashing Higher-Ed Funding, Leaving Public Colleges in a Panic (Read

April 28, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "Colleges set their sights on rural Nebraskans amid 'çompetitive marketplace''of enrollment (Read

April 18, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in New Jersey Monthly article "How Stockton University Landed on Atlantic City's Boardwalk." (Read

April 16, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Writers Association article "Elections Have Consequences for Higher Ed." (Read

April 2, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Wisconsin Public Radio article "UW-Stevens Point Grapples With Budget Shortfalls, Changing Demographics." (Read)  

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.