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

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

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.