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 25, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in BBC News story "Would free university tuition work in the US?" (Read

July 22, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politifact article "Hillary Clinton's Top 10 Campaign Promises" (Read

July 20, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in WGBH article "Federal Government Urges Student Loan Servicers To Improve Customer Service." (Read

July 18, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Hechinger Report article "Republican platform for higher ed: Less red tape and less money." (Read

July 8, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Associated Press article "UVA's former board leader critical of school's 'slush fund'" (Read)


For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

July 22, 2016
AASCU EdLines 22 July 2016 (Read)

July 21, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive story "3 Strategies to Make the Case for Increased Budget Appropriations." (Read

July 19, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Oregonian article "University of Oregon passes $1 billion fundraising mark, has $1 billion to go." (Read

July 16, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch presentation to the HBCU Executive Media Training Institute (View Presentation

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.