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

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 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


For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

August 28, 2014
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in article "Want to graduate faster? Consider an accelerated bachelor's degree program." (Read)

August 26, 2014
AASCU cited in Chronicle of Higher Education article "Mitch Daniels isn't Rebuilding Purdue's Engine, He's Tuning It" (Read

August 26, 2014
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in article "New Jersey City University president touts faculty investments as school year begins." (Read)

August 22, 2014
AASCU's Daniel Hurley quoted in Kansas City Star article "Firm Reviewing UMKC rankings has worked many years for university system." (Read



For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.