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

November 13, 2019
AASCU mentioned in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story "DACA should cease, legal or not, court hold; UA has 34 students in program. (Read

November 5, 2019
Coalition letter to U.S. Department of Education Re: Foreign Gift and Contracts Disclosure (Read

October 28, 2019
Coalition letter to House Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-NC) on the College Affordability Act (Read

October 7, 2019
Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court re: DACA (Read

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

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 

AASCU State Policy Actions

October 5, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Missoulian article "University of Montana enrollment decline 'severe.' but Montanans see signs of hope." (Read

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

For more State Policy Actions, visit  State Policy section.