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

January 27, 2015
Coalition letter to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) re: American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015 (Read)

January 24, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Associated Press article "Fake Schools Draw Scrutiny of Federal Regulators." (Read)

January 23, 2015
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in University World News article "Obama eyes legacy with free higher education plan." (Read)

January 16, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in WOUB Public Media article "Students Say Obama's Free College Proposal Would Help Them." (Read)

January 13, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Obama Proposes Bill to Protect Student Data, but Not in Higher Education (Read)  

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

January 10, 2015
AASCU policy brief cited in article University World News article "Sexual assaults, tuition fees and guns on campus on the agenda." (Read)

January 9, 2015
AASCU mentioned in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Higher-Ed Groups Seek a More Complete Picture of Post-College Outcomes." (Read)

January 9, 2015
AASCU mentioned in Inside Higher Ed article "Measuring Substance." (Read)

January 6, 2015
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in Wall Street Journal article "Maine's State Colleges Lose Ground." (Read)

January 6, 2015
AASCU releases Policy Matters brief "Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2015" (Read)

December 18, 2014
AASCU quoted in BBC News story "Should Students Carry Guns on Campus?" (Read)


For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.