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 13, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer story "Did rankings craze hurt Temple's business school." (Read

July 3, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "State Authorization Delay Delayed?" (Read

June 25, 2018
Coalition letter on Pell Grant funding in the FY 2019 spending bill (Read

June 21, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "Merging the Labor and Education departments won't accomplish much, say experts." (Read

June 20, 2018
Coalition letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) expressing appreciation for efforts being made in the House to provide a legislative solution for DACA in the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 (Read

June 15, 2018
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Where Grad Students Struggle with Loan Repayments." (Read

June 15, 2018
Coalition letter to the Department of Treasury pertaining to fringe benefits under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Read

June 15, 2018
AASCU releases Policy Primer Federal Risk-sharing Proposals for Student Financial Aid (Read

June 11, 2018
Coalition letter to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, Concerning the Unlawful Presence for F,J, and M Nonimmigrants (Read

May 24, 2018
Coalition letter to Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) and other representatives in support of the "Queen of the Hill" Immigration Bill Resolution (Read

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy Section 


AASCU State Policy Actions

July 13, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Statehouse Report article "Graduates in 34 school districts now can get free tech school tuition." (Read

June 26, 2018
AASCU's releases "Making Partnerships Work: Principles, Guidelines, and Advice for Public University Leaders." (Read

June 18, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "Want to Kill Tenure? Be Careful What You Wish For." (Read

June 9, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article "Top Georgia Universities Seek More Rural Students." (Read

May 16, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The Washington Post article "Settlement with Larry Nassar Victims Will Have Impact on Michigan State." (Read

May 16, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in The New York Times article "Michigan State's $500 Million for Nassar Victims Dwarfs Other Settlements." (Read

May 14, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Omaha World-Herald article "More college students in Nebraska are graduation in 4 years as schools' efforts pay off." (Read

May 14, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Des Moines Register article "Faculty, staff salary increases on hold at University of Iowa until at least January." (Read

May 10, 2018
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in SSTI article "College mergers a prescription in meeting higher ed headaches." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

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