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 15, 2015
Joint Statement to Senate Finance Committee Working Group on Business Income Tax (Read

April 14, 2015
Coalition Comments to the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Working Group on Individual Income Tax (Read)

April 13, 2015
AASCU Joint Statement to Senate re: Community Development & Infrastructure (Read)

April 13, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in NBC News story "Checking Accounts for Students 'Offer Few Benefits' Critics Say" (Read)

April 1, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Policy.Mic article "The Student Debt Movement is Finally Getting the Attention It Deserves." (Read)

March 27, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "College Rankings Based on Employment Give Only Part of the Picture." (Read

March 19, 2015
Student Aid Alliance letter re: FY16 House Budget Resolution (Read)

March 17, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Takepart article "Students Skipping Loan Payments Aren't Deadbeat---They're Giving Colleges an F." (Read)

March 17, 2015
APLU's Dr. Christine Keller testimony before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) and the Voluntary System of Accountability VSA (Read)

March 16, 2015
Letter to Rep. Culberson (R-TX) and Rep. Fattah (D-PA) re: National Science Foundation appropriations (Read)

March 16, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in China Daily story "US targets vocational schools in visa crackdown." (Read)

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

April 1, 2015
AASCU's Dan Hurley quoted in Los Angeles Times story "Universities add degree programs while spurning fad." (Read

March 30, 2015
AASCU EdLines 30 March 2015 (Read)

March 26, 2015
AASCU releases "The 2015 Gubernatorial State of the State Addresses and Higher Education." (Read)

March 19, 2015
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in Governing article "College Cuts Clash With Calls for Better-Educated Workers." (Read)

March 13, 2015
AASCU EdLines 13 March 2015 (Read)

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.