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 9, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in CNBC article "Student Loan Borrowers with Cancer Are Supposed to Be Able to Pause Payments. They're Hitting a Wall." (Read

April 3, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Few Lessons Learned on For-Profit Closures." (Read

April 2, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Times Higher Education (UK) article "US Slows Refunds to Students Defrauded by For-Profits to Trickle." (Read

March 26, 2019
Coalition letter to Senate HELP Committee leaders on simplifying the FAFSA Form and Eliminating the Aid Elimination Penalty (Read

March 21, 2019
AASCU quoted in Reuters story "Trump signs executive 'free speech' order for U.S. colleges." (Read

March 20, 2019
Coalition letter to House leaders in support of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (Read

March 13, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Popular Mechanics article "The State of American Trade Schools." (Read

March 4, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Sinclair Broadcasting article "Trump promises order on campus free speech 'very soon,' offers few details (Read

March 4, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in CNBC article "Attending college is a more uncertain experience today. Here's how to avoid regret." (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 


AASCU State Policy Actions

April 18, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in New Jersey Monthly article "How Stockton University Landed on Atlantic City's Boardwalk." (Read

April 16, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Writers Association article "Elections Have Consequences for Higher Ed." (Read

April 2, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Wisconsin Public Radio article "UW-Stevens Point Grapples With Budget Shortfalls, Changing Demographics." (Read)  

March 20, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in NC Policy Watch article "After East Carolina chancellor's ouster, a UNC Board of Governors on the brink." (Read)  

March 20, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Fayetteville Observer article "Our View: UNC governors in turmoil, need a shakeup." (Read

March 19, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in KCUR article "Kansas Hopes to Convince California Students to Trade Beaches for Cheap College Tuition." (Read

March 18, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education story "Presidential Hopefuls Are Pushing Free College Back into the Spotlight. But What Does 'Free' Mean, Anyway?" (Read

March 14, 2019
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "States Seek Tighter Regulations of For-Profits." (Read

March 5, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Stateline article "'Free College' Is Increasing Popular---and Complicated for States." (Read

February 27, 2019
AASCU/NGA Webinar on State Higher Education Policy in 2019 (Watch)

February 25, 2019
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "Most Americans Think Government Support for Public Colleges Is Rising or Flat. They're Wrong." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

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