2017 Higher Education Government Relations Conference

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 to Friday, December 8, 2017
San Diego, California

“Advancing the Public Higher Education Agenda in a New Era.”

About the Conference

As higher education government relations professionals prepare for the 2018 state legislative sessions, a host of political, economic, demographic, and technological changes have ushered in a new, more complicated era for advancing the public higher education agenda. Greater political polarization has eroded public faith in some institutions, including higher education, and public college campuses have been caught in the middle of high-profile state budget stalemates and disputes over campus speech. State tax revenue growth, along with reinvestment in public higher education, has remained sluggish in recent years for many states despite low unemployment and growing economy. Rapid demographic and technological changes also present vexing new questions to policymakers and campus leaders on how to configure higher education for the next generation. As all these changes swirl, a pivotal mid-term election looms that could influence state and national politics for the upcoming decade. 

This conference is designed to help higher education government relations professionals from institutions, systems, and governing/coordinating boards understand and navigate this era. It will feature practical strategies on how individuals in these roles can build a broader base of support for public higher education, engage stakeholders, build coalitions, and employ effective government relations strategies. Participants will hear from a diverse array of seasoned professionals involved in all aspects of the legislative process for insight on how to best advance the public higher education agenda amid polarization, uncertainty and change. 

Now in its 24th year, the Higher Education Government Relations Conference is an educational forum for professionals whose responsibility it is to foster effective governmental and community relations on behalf of public colleges and universities and state systems of higher education. The conference reflects a unique partnership among four national higher education associations: the American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  The conference is coordinated by government relations staff from these associations and the Task Force on Higher Education Government Relations, comprised of state governmental affairs professionals representing the entire spectrum of American public postsecondary education. 

Point of Contact:
Thomas Harnisch 
Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis
AASCU / harnischt@aascu.org / (202) 478-4660 (office)


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Preliminary Schedule

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Wednesday, December 6

3:00 p.m.— 3:15 p.m. 
Conference Opening

3:15 p.m.— 5:15 p.m.
Conference Programming

5:15 p.m.— 6:15 p.m.
Opening Reception

Thursday, December 7

7:15 a.m.— 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.— 12 p.m.
Conference Programming 

12 p.m.— 1:30 p.m.
State Relations Award Luncheon

1:30 p.m.—  4:15 p.m.
Conference Programming

Friday, December 8

7:00 a.m.— 7:45 p.m.  
Affinity Group Breakfasts

8:00 a.m.— 11:00 a.m.   
Conference Programming

11:00 a.m.— 11:15 a.m.   
Conference Closing

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Early Registration - $495 (Before November 17, 2017)
Late Registration - $550 (After November 17, 2017)

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How to Register
Please select among the two options below:

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Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Reserve accommodations directly with the Hotel at 619-234-1500. You will need to identify yourself as part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and provide them your name, method of payment, check-in and check-out dates. 

Online reservations
Book your room for the 2017 Higher Education Government Relations Conference

Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-622-3056
Reservations Local Phone: 619-234-1500

Room Rates
$199/night +Taxes & Fees

If you have any questions about hotel accommodations, please email Danita Young youngd@aascu.org or call at 202.478.4677 

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

  • Cancel in writing by Nov. 24 to receive full refund.
  • Cancellations received after Nov. 24 will be charged a $150 administration fee that will be used to pay for meals and services already guaranteed at the hotel.
  • Cancellations received after December 4 will not be refunded.



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