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

July 18, 2014
Coalition comments to the FCC re: Net Neutrality (Read

July 17, 2014
Coalition letter expressing concerns about the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (Read

July 16, 2014
Coalition letter re: Extension of IRA Charitable Rollover (Read) (Legislation)

July 13, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer story "Applications drop at Swarthmore" (Read

July 12, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassiran quoted in The Baltimore Sun story "For more college freshman, an offer to start a semester late." (Read


For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

July 17, 2014
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in MLive story "College tuition plan would cost students more, not reduce debt (Read

July 17, 2014
AASCU Pay It Forward report described in Chronicle of Higher Education (Read

July 17, 2014
AASCU Pay It Forward report described in Inside Higher Ed (Read

July 17, 2014
AASCU releases Policy Matters brief "The Pay It Forward" College Financing Concept: A Pathway to the Privatization of Public Higher Education." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.