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

September 19, 2017
Supreme Court Amicus Brief on the Travel Ban (Read

September 12, 2017
ACE-led Coalition letter to Congressional leaders on DACA (Read

September 12, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Slate article "Measuring the Mizzou Effect." (Read

September 12, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Forbes article "Conservatives' Rising Concern About the Value of College." (Read

September 6, 2017
Coalition letter to Secretary DeVos Re: FSEOG Funds and Hurricane Harvey (Read

September 6, 2017
Coalition letter to Congressional leaders Re: DACA (Read

September 5, 2017
AASCU Letter to Congressional leaders Re: DACA (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 


AASCU State Policy Actions

September 12, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Oregonian article "Portland State debuts $64 million business school in the heart of campus." (Read

September 7, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Post article "Nellis' salary reflects officials' confidence in his abilities." (Read

August 29, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Columbus Dispatch article "Lawmakers pushing campus free-speech bill; universities question the need." (Read

August 24, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Stateline.org article "Charlottesville Pay Put the Brakes on Campus Free Speech Laws." (Read)

August 14, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Tampa Bay Times article "Florida universities are hiring hundreds of new faculty in push for smaller classes, more prestige." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

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