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 14, 2018
AASCU letter to the U.S. Department of Education regarding Negotiated Rulemaking and Draft Regulations (Read

September 13, 2018
Coalition letter regarding the Gainful Employment regulations (Read

August 30, 2018
Coalition letter to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the proposed final rule on borrower defense to repayment (Read

August 29, 2018
Coalition reply comments before the Federal Communications Commission in the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom (Read

August 27, 2018
Coalition Amicus Brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Regarding Net Neutrality (Read

August 27, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in CNBC article "Timing of student loan watchdog's resignation 'couldn't be worse,' advocates say." (Read


For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 

AASCU State Policy Actions

September 17, 2018
Coalition letter to the Department of Homeland Security on student visa fees (Read

September 6, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "A Gulf in the Earnings Gap." (Read

August 27, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in article "As Students Head to Campus, Colleges Fear International Student Decline." (Read

August 27, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Chicago Tribune article "After years of watching top students leave for other states, U. of I. and lawmakers begin to respond." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.