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

June 15, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Reset of Rules Aimed at For-Profits Begins." (Read

June 15, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Miami Herald article "Defrauded students were about to get federal help with loans. Now they have to wait." (Read

June 14, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education story "What DeVos's 'Reset' on 2 Major Consumer Rules Means for Colleges." (Read

June 14, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Diverse article "Advocacy Pan DeVos Rollback of For-profit College Regulations." (Read)

June 14, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Associated Press article "For-profit college watchdog under federal scrutiny." (Read

June 10, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch and Dylan Opalich Presentation the Civic Engagement and Democratic Leadership Conference with NASPA on Federal and State Policy (Read


AASCU State Policy Actions 

June 20, 2017
AASCU joint presentation with APLU for ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition (Read)

June 14, 2017
AASCU' Barmak Nassirian quoted in Diverse article "Boston Bridge Program Aims to Put College Within Residents' Reach." (Read)   

June 7, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Inside Higher Ed story "Swift and Silent Exits." (Read

June 2, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Physics Today article "Illinois budget damaging state universities." (Read

May 29, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution story "Georgia lawmaker uses power of the purse to influence colleges." (Read)  

May 28, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Kansas City Star article "University of Missouri struggles to rebuild image after hits to reputation, enrollment." (Read

May 24, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Inside Higher Ed story "Angst Over Middle-Class Aid." (Read

May 19, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Delta Sky Magazine article "Higher Education in the Fast Lane." (Read

May 17, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in University Business article "Performance pays in higher ed." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

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