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

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


For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

August 17, 2014
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Los Angeles Times article "A Record Number of Out-of-State Students Brings Windfall for UC System." (Read)

August 15, 2014
AASCU EdLines 15 August 2014 (Read)

August 10, 2014
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in Crain's Business Detroit article "Tuition up, support down: Has college finally broken the bank?" (Read

August 7, 2014
AASCU cited in Today story "Dartmouth student lobbies to carry gun after encounters with alleged stalker (Read

August 6, 2014
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch and Daniel Hurley presentation on "Pay It Forward" funding proposals at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Policy Conference (Read


For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.