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October 20, 2014
AASCU cited in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Public College Leaders Rail Against Education Dept.'s 'Regulatory Culture' (Read)

October 15, 2014
AASCU advisory on Culture of Respect partnership/Campus Sexual Assault (Read

October 2, 2014
AASCU Federal Update re: Proposed Teacher Preparation Regulations (Read

September 17, 2014
AASCU Letter to Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) endorsing the Fast Track to College Act (Read

September 15, 2014
Coalition comments to the Federal Communications Commission (Read

September 12, 2014
AASCU Federal Update on the Postsecondary Institutions Ratings System (PIRS) (Read

September 12, 2014
AASCU testimony on the Obama Administration's Postsecondary Institutions Ratings System (PIRS) (Read)

September 8, 2014
AASCU Letter to the U.S. Department of Education on the Parent PLUS Loan Program (Read

September 5, 2014
AASCU Letter to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on sexual assault prevention legislation (Read

September 4, 2014
AASCU's Makese Motley and Barmak Nassirian quoted in Stars and Stripes article "Understanding new 'in-state' tuition ceiling on GI Bill." (Read

September 2, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Dallas Morning News article "Most College Campuses Cost More Online Than on Campus (Read

August 29, 2014
Coalition Letter to Senator Harkin re: Higher Education Act Reauthorization (Read

August 29, 2014
AASCU letter to Senator Harkin re: Higher Education Act (Read

August 29, 2014
Higher Education Task Force on Teacher Preparation letter to Sen. Tom Harkin (Read

August 19, 2014
AASCU's Makese Motley quoted in Stateline article "Veterans to Get In-State Tuition in Any State." (Read

August 15, 2014
AASCU cited in Inside Higher Ed story "Supporting the Sex Assault Bill." (Read

August 11, 2014
Coalition letter to Sens. Harkin (D-IA) and Durbin (D-IL) on international education (Read

August 6, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politico story "Lawmakers seek to protect student data." (Read

August 1, 2014
Federal Advisory on Campus Sexual Assault Legislation (Read

July 31, 2014
Barmak Nassirian quick review of the Markey/Hatch Privacy Legislation (Read

July 29, 2014
AASCU's Makese Motley quoted in Huffington Post article "Colleges Push Back on Surveys That Could Shed New Light on Sexual Assault (Read

July 24, 2014
AASCU Federal Update on Appropriations, HEA Reauthorization and Other Issues (Read

July 24, 2014
Graph with Higher Education Act bill provisions, from the National College Access Network (Read)

July 18, 2014
Coalition comments to the FCC re: Net Neutrality (Read

July 17, 2014
Coalition letter expressing concerns about the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (Read

July 16, 2014
Coalition letter re: Extension of IRA Charitable Rollover (Read) (Legislation)

July 13, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer story "Applications drop at Swarthmore" (Read

July 12, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassiran quoted in The Baltimore Sun story "For more college freshman, an offer to start a semester late." (Read

July 11, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed story "Net Neutrality Offensive" (Read

July 10, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Baltimore Sun story "UMUC Considering Plan to Become Independent Nonprofit with Ties to University System." (Read

July 10, 2014
Coalition statement on Net Neutrality (Read

July 9, 2014
Coalition letter to House Education Chairman John Kline (R-MN) re: Higher Education Act bills (Read

July 8, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in TakePart article "The Collapse of Corinthian College: The Beginning of For-Profit Decline?" (Read

July 8, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Fort Worth Star-Telegram article "Everest College in north Fort Worth to shut down." (Read

June 24, 2014
Coalition Testimony on Higher Education and the Tax Code (Read)

June 20, 2014
AASCU letter to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) on the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization (Read)

June 20, 2014
AASCU's State-Federal Partnership proposal mentioned in Dr. Paul Hill's op-ed in Charleston Daily Mail (Read)

June 20, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Investor's Business Daily story "For-Profit Colleges in White House Crosshairs" (Read)

June 18, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed story "Promising Too Much?" (Read

June 13, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Yahoo! Finance story "There's something broken in America's financial aid system." (Read)

June 9, 2014
Coalition letter in support of Sen. Warren student loan proposal (Read

June 5, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in CNBC article "Big Data: A Safe Bet for Turning a Degree into a Job." (Read

June 5, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Disunited Front." (Read

May 27, 2014
TICAS Coalition comments on proposed Gainful Employment Regulations (Read)

May 27, 2014
Coalition comments on proposed Gainful Employment Regulations (Read)

May 27, 2014
AASCU comments on proposed Gainful Employment Regulations (Read)

May 16, 2014
AASCU Federal Update on First in the World Grant Program, Immigration, and Loan Rate Increase (Read

May 13, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian on C-SPAN's Washington Journal (Read

May 7, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassiran quoted in New Hampshire Public Radio story "How Caribbean Med Students Came to Make Up Half of Plymouth State's MBA Program" (Read

May 7, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Backed Into a Corner." (Read

May 6, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in the Times-Union article "N.Y. lawmakers seeks regs for college study abroad programs." (Read

May 2, 2014
AASCU Federal Advisory on Proposed Teacher Preparation Regulations/Campus Sexual Assault (Read

April 29, 2014
Coalition letter to Rep. Bishop (D-NY) expressing support for the Protecting Students from Automatic Default Act of 2014 (Read

April 28, 2014
Letter to Sen. Sanders (I-VT) regarding dual enrollment legislation (Read

April 28, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian interview on the future of affirmative action at WHYY (Read

April 24, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Detroit News story "After affirmative action ruling, colleges look at ways to increase diversity." (Read

April 8, 2014
Student Aid Alliance letter opposing FY15 Budget Resolution (Read

April 4, 2014
Letter to Rep. Camp re: Higher Education Provisions in Tax Reform Act of 2014 Discussion Draft (Read)  

April 3, 2014
AASCU Federal Advisory re: Paul Ryan Budget (Read

March 28, 2014
Coalition letter to House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee Leaders re: Extension of Expired Higher Education Tax Incentives (Read

March 18, 2014
AASCU Federal Advisory on the Budget (Read

March 16, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Hechinger Report story "Years after promises to fix it, key financial-aid form still thwarts students." (Read)

March 13, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politico story "Barack Obama cracks down on for-profit colleges." (Read

March 12, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Huffington Post article "Student Loan Borrowers Win As Education Department Reverses Course." (Read
March 8, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Miami Herald story "Trend of Pay-to-Play Medical Training Worries Critics." (Read)
March 5, 2014
AASCU response to President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget (Read
February 28, 2014
Coalition letter to White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (Read
February 28, 2014
AASCU Federal Advisory re: House Tax Bill (Read
February 27, 2014
Coalition letter to the IRS (Read
February 24, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed story "How Much Can be Cut?" (Read)
February 20, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in the Huffington Post story "Student Borrowers in the Dark as Education Department Limits Disclosure." (Read
February 19, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politico Morning Education (Read
February 18, 2014
Coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Chairs re: 2015 Budget (Read
February 15, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Patriot-News story "Penn State presidency can now be defined by things other than Sandusky: analysis" (Read
February 12, 2014
Coalition letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on immigration reform (Read
February 11, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Marine Corps Times article "Unanimous approval in U.S. House for in-state tuition for vets" (Read
February 4, 2014
AASCU mentioned in Chronicle of Higher Education story "Obama is Urged to Toughen 'Gainful Employment' Rule." (Read)
February 3, 2014
AASCU cited in Associated Press article "Lawmakers seek in-state rates for veterans." (Read
February 2, 2014
Coalition letter to President Obama Re: Gainful Employment (Read
January 29, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Huffington Post article "Sallie Mae Claims Borrowers Thank-You Notes Exceed Complaints." (Read
January 29, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Bloomberg News article "For-Profit Colleges Face New Wave of Federal Investigations." (Read
January 24, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Fox Business article "Don't Let Tuition Prices Scare You Too Much." (Read
January 22, 2014
AASCU mentioned in Inside Higher Ed story "Taking on Sallie Mae." (Read
January 16, 2014
AASCU's position on the Obama Administration's Proposed Postsecondary Institutions Ratings System (Read)
January 16, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in National Public Radio story "College Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In to Graduating" (Read
January 14, 2014
AASCU Federal Update: Immigration/Government Funding Bill/College Ratings System (Read
January 9, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Republican article "Attorney General Martha Coakley's new rules for for-profit schools earn mixed grade at public hearing." (Read
January 6, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Bankrate.com story "10 Timely Tips to Pay for College in 2014." (Read)
December 24, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Huffington Post article "Major Education Groups Pressure Arne Duncan to Crack Down on Sallie Mae (Read)
December 20, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Governing article "The Top 10 Legislative Issues to Watch in 2014." (Read)
December 20, 2013
Coalition letter to Sec. Duncan re: Sallie Mae (Read)
December 19, 2013
Student Aid Alliance letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders (Read)
December 17, 2013
Coalition letter to Senate on Budget Agreement (Read)
December 17, 2013
AASCU Federal Update on Immigration and Budget Deal (Read)
December 16, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "No Consensus on Gainful Employment" (Read)
December 16, 2013
Coalition letter on ESEA Flexibility Renewal Guidance (Read)
December 13, 2013
Brief Amici Curiae in American Tradition Institute vs. The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia et. al. (Read)
December 12, 2013
Coalition letter in support of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Read)

December 12, 2013
Letter from New Jersey Senior Colleges and Universities to Sec. Duncan re: college rating system (Read)
December 11, 2013
AASCU Federal Update 11 December 2013 (Read)
December 3, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Hechinger Report article "School Counselors Increasingly are Missing Link in Getting Kids into College" (Read
December 3, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Bloomberg article "For-Profit Caribbean Medical Schools Use Federal Funds Loophole." (Read)
November 30, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Colleges Deploy Marketing Pizazz to Woo Students" (Read)
November 19, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian mentioned in Inside Higher Ed article "For-Profits Step Up Gainful Criticism" (Read)
November 15, 2013
AASCU Federal Update 15 November 2013 (Read
October 31, 2013
Brief of Amici Curiae American Council on Education and 41 other Higher Education Organizations in Support of Appellees in Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin (Read)
October 30, 2013
Student Aid Alliance Letter to FY 2014 House and Senate budget conference chairs re: federal student aid (Read)
October 22, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Marketplace article "Some colleges waitlist students who can't afford tuition." (Read)
October 22, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Arizona Republic article "University of Phoenix parent to lay off 500 workers on declining enrollment" (Read)
October 17, 2013
AASCU Federal Update 17 October 2013 (Read)
October 9, 2013
Coalition statement on the federal government shutdown (Read
October 8, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "No Aid, No Problem" (Read
October 7, 2013
Coalition letter opposing "Pay it Forward" concept (Read)
October 7, 2013
Coalition letter to Rep. Schwartz (D-PA) endorsing the College Affordability Act of 2013 (Read)
September 30, 2013
AASCU Federal Advisory: Government Shutdown/Debt Ceiling (Read)
September 30, 2013
Coalition letter to the Department of Defense on the proposed rule for Voluntary Education Programs (Read)
September 20, 2013
Coalition letter re: funding reductions for the National Endowment for the Humanitiies contained in IER bill (Read)
September 19, 2013
AASCU Federal Update 09 19 2013 (Read)
September 18, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Times-Picayune (LA) article "Delgado, Nunez post enrollment gains, bucking a national trend (Read)
September 12, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education story "Panel Members Push for Changes in Draft 'Gainful Employment' Rule" (Read)
September 11, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Politico story "For-profit regulation duties may revert to Education Department." (Read)
September 10, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Inside Higher Ed story "Agree to Disagree" (Read
September 9, 2013
AASCU advisory to member presidents and government relations staff on the Affordable Care Act implementation (Read
September 5, 2013
AASCU signs on to amicus brief in Schuette vs. Coalition (Read)
September 4, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Arizona Republic story "University of Phoenix president to retire" (Read)
August 9, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in article "Immigration bill would help foreigners with advanced degrees from IN stay in U.S." (Read)
August 5, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Washington Times story "Report: Racial divide still exists on college admissions" (Read
August 2, 2013
Coalition letter to House Education Committee and Higher Education Subcommittee Leaders re: Higher Education Act Reauthorization (Read
August 2, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Bloomberg News article "Yale Commences with Singapore Wielding Subsidy as Rivals Depart." (Read)
August 2, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in article "Why the Cost of College Won't Quit Rising." (Read)
August 2, 2013
AASCU Federal Advisory 2 August 2013 (Read
August 1, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian listed in Chronicle of Higher Education "Negotiators Are Named Gainful-Employment Rule-Making Panel." (Read
August 1, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian listed in Inside Higher Ed story "The Negotiators" (Read)
July 29, 2013
Coalition letter to National Student Loan Data System Director regarding proposed revisions in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) system of records (Read)
July 29, 2013
Coalition letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on immigration reform (Read)
July 24, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The News-Journal article "Wesley College published students' private records online." (Read)
July 24, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "House Panel to Consider to Limit Education Dept.'s Rule-Making Authority." (Read)
July 24, 2013
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in USA Today article "For-profit colleges giving big to helpful House members." (Read)
June 26, 2013
Coalition letter to Senate re: Immigration Legislation (Read)
June 17, 2013
Coalition letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding student lending practices (Read)
June 7, 2013
AASCU signs on to ACE Amicus Brief on Digital Copyright (Read)
June 4, 2013
Comments to Negotiated Rulemaking Session (Read)
May 16, 2013
Coalition letter to Senate leaders Re: Student Loan Affordability Act (Read)

May 15, 2013
Coalition letter to Rep. John Kline (R-MN) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) on the "Smarter Solutions for Students Act" (Read)

May 15, 2013
Testimony of AASCU President Dr. Muriel Howard on bills drafted "GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013" and "Veterans Education Equity Act of 2013" (Read


April 30, 2013
Coalition letter to Rep. Doggett (D-TX) endorsing the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2013 (Read)

April 22, 2013
Letters to Sen. Landrieu and Rep. Sessions re: Collegiate Housing (Read-Sen. Landrieu) (Read-Rep. Sessions)

April 16, 2013
Committee for Education Funding letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairs (Read)

April 15, 2013
Comments to the House Ways and Means Committee Tax Reform Working Group on Education and Family Benefits (Read)

April 15, 2013
Comments to the House Ways and Means Committee Tax Reform Working Group on Charitable/Exempt Organizations (Read

April 12, 2013
Joint Statement for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Debt, Equity, and Capital Group (Read)

April 11, 2013
Coalition letter to Rep. Rangel on Student Loan Interest Deduction (Read)

April 11, 2013
AASCU President Muriel Howard's Huffington Post commentary on immigration and higher education (Read)

April 10, 2013
AASCU Senior Fellow Susan Aldridge testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs (Read)


March 22, 2013
Coalition letter to the Senate re: Budget Resolution (Read)

March 19, 2013
Coalition letter to House of Representatives re: Budget Resolution (Read)

March 18, 2013
Coalition letter to IRS re: Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage (Read)

March 18, 2013
Coalition Letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel re: Military Tuition Assistance program (Read)  

March 8, 2013
AASCU State Advisory on active-duty Army and Marine Tuition Assistance (Read)      

March 1, 2013
U.S. Department of Education's guidance on sequestration and Title IV/federal student financial aid programs (Read)  

March 1, 2013
AASCU email re: Sequestration Update (Read)   


February 26, 2013
ASAE Testimony on Federal Travel and Conference Restrictions (Read)  

February 21, 2013
Joint memo from AASCU and APLU regarding the College Scorecard (Read)

February 15, 2013
University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston's testimony on behalf of the major higher education associations on itemized deductions for charitable giving (Read)  

February 11, 2013
Action Advisory to members and institutional staff regarding federal policy, including sequestration (Read)  

February 6, 2013
Coalition letter to Sen. Durbin and Rep. Cohen supporting Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2013 (Read letter to Durbin) (Read letter to Cohen)  


January 29, 2013
Letter to Rep. G.K. Butterfield regarding Veterans Educational Equity Act of 2013 (Read)  

January 25, 2013
AASCU's Bob Moran federal policy presentation to the AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee (Read)       

January 24, 2013
Letter from Higher Education Presidential Associations to Sec. Duncan regarding international education (Read)          

January 8, 2013
Coalition letter to Vice President Biden regarding guns on campus (Read)

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