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

February 19, 2015
AASCU Statement on the "Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief" Act (Read)

February 19, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Is there a legal case in acceptance-letter blunder?" (Read)

February 18, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in New York Times article "We're Sorry, Applicants. We Accepted You in Error." (Read)

February 18, 2015
Coalition letter to the U.S. Department of Education re: Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS (Read)

February 12, 2015
AASCU mentioned in Washington Post article "115 education groups: GOP No Child Left Behind legislation is vastly underfunded." (Read)

February 10, 2015
Coalition letter to Rep. Meadows re: Student Worker Exemption Act of 2015 (H.R. 210) (Read)


For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

March 2, 2015
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in The Advocate (LA) story "A 'radical' idea for difficult times? Education leaders float idea of privatizing some public universities." (Read)

February 27, 2015
AASCU Edlines 27 February 2015 (Read)

February 17, 2015
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Louisiana's Governor Seek Sharp Cuts at Already Cash-Strapped Colleges." (Read)

February 17, 2015
AASCU's Dan Hurley op-ed to the Washington Post "Higher Ed Leader: Regional public colleges are a gateway to the middle class." (Read)

February 13, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Pittsburgh Tribune article "CCAC Allegheny Campus closed after bed bug report." (Read)

February 13, 2015
AASCU EdLines 13 February 2015 (Read

February 11, 2015
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Los Angeles Times article "Should UC system's out-of-state students pay even more?" (Read)

February 9, 2015
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in WUWM article "National Perspectives on Walker's Proposed Budget Cuts." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.