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

April 14, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "Incentives to Attend Private Colleges Could Save States Money and Raise Graduation Rates" (Read)

April 3, 2017
AASCU Statement on Senator Sanders' College Affordability Proposal (Read)

April 3, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Daily Iowan article "Budget Endangers Pell Grants" (Read)

March 27, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Long Road for Regulatory Rollbacks" (Read)

March 22, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Do Pell Grants Discourage Marriage?" (Read)

March 16, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Diverse article "Higher Ed Leaders Lambaste Federal Budget Proposal." (Read

March 16, 2017
AASCU Statement on Proposed "Skinny Budget" (Read

March 16, 2017
AASCU Federal Highlights, 11th Week of 115th Congress (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section


AASCU State Policy Actions 

April 25, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch Presentation at ACUHO-I Mid-Managers Leadership Institute. (Read

April 21, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Diverse article "Colleges' Reliance on Tuition Revenue Growing" (Read)

April 20, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Anniston Star article "JSU signs student transfer agreements with Gadsden State." (Read)

April 17, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "NY's Tuition-Free Dream Meets Details" (Read)

April 17, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Associated Press article "Will free college offer catch fire? NYC details raise doubts" (Read)

April 15, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Cheaper competition makes it tough for PA state system schools" (Read

April 14, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The News Star article "Here's how much Louisiana college leaders get paid" (Read)

April 10, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Diverse article "Experts: NY Free-College Model Positive, Not Perfect" (Read)

April 6, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Hechinger Report article "Idaho Gives Education Money Directly to Teenagers to Manage Themselves" (Read)

March 31, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in WUSF article "High School Math, Science, and Foreign Languages: At Risk from Computer Coding?" (Read)


       For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

MORE INFO