Council of State Representatives (CSR) Spring Meeting

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to Friday, March 23, 2012
Washington, D.C.

AASCU’s Council of State Representatives includes representation from all 50 states and U.S. territories. The Council is comprised of college and university presidents and chancellors, system heads, and state coordinating board executives. The Council advises staff on higher education public policy issues, helps formulate the Association’s annual Public Policy Agenda, and assists the staff in carrying out the Agenda’s legislative priorities through contacts with stakeholders and members, including the Federal government and members of Congress. AASCU’s Division of Government Relations and Policy Analysis is greatly informed by the Council.

About the Conference

The Council is currently chaired by Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University.

CSR members will be briefed in advance in preparation of their visits to Capitol Hill to advocate for higher education policy on behalf of AASCU institutions. Several speakers have been invited to inform the Council on current higher education policy issues. Council members will also engage in a roundtable on current higher education issues across the states in addition to innovations in higher education.

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Wednesday, March 21

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Welcome, Introduction and Federal Overview

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Reception and Dinner—Acadiana
901 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Representative John Tierney (MA-6) (Invited)


Thursday, March 22

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast on your own

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Hill visits

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch (AASCU Offices) and Hill debrief discussion

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Zakiya Smith, Senior Education Advisor (Invited)
The White House

2:00 – 2:40 p.m.
Robyn Hiestand, Education Policy Advisor (Invited)
Senate Committee on the Budget (majority)

2:40 – 3:20 p.m.
Rohit Chopra, Policy Analyst (Invited)
Consumer Finance Protection Board

3:20 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Amy Jones, Higher Education Counsel and Senior Advisor (Invited)
House Committee on Education and the Workforce

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Spiros Protopsaltis, Education Policy Advisor (Invited)
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Dinner on your own

Friday, March 23

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast (AASCU Offices)

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
State Outlook
Dan Hurley, Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Roundtable discussion by State Representatives

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Wrap Up and Summer Council discussion (Box lunches provided)


Fees top

There is no registration fee however, registration, is only open to members of the Council of State Representatives.

Registration Information top

Download registration form (pdf) 

Three ways to register:  

  • OPTION 1:
    Fax completed form to: (202) 478-5491

  • OPTION 2:
    Email completed form to: 

  • OPTION 3:
    Mail registration form to:
    Rose Jordan
    AASCU, 1307 New York Ave. NW
    5th Floor
    Washington, DC 20005

Accommodations top

The meeting will be held at the AASCU office located at 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Meeting attendees will stay at the Marriott Metro Center, a less than 10 minute walk from the AASCU office.

Marriott Metro Center
775 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 737-2200

Contact Rose Jordan for accommodations at or call her at (202) 478-4654. Please do not contact the hotel directly as reservations will be made through AASCU staff. Meeting attendees are responsible for all charges.

$249 single or double occupancy for the nights of March 21 and 22, rates outside of these dates are $349.

Your hotel reservations must be made by February 27, to ensure the conference room rate.

Please ensure reservations are cancelled with Rose Jordan at least 48 hours in advance. Reservations not cancelled within the 48 hour time frame are subject to billing by AASCU.