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 31, 2015
Advisory: Linking SAM into the Replacement of the Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System (PIRS) (Read)

August 31, 2015
Joint letter to Secretary Arne Duncan about the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) (Read)

August 21, 2015
Advisory re: House letter on speech codes and first amendment rights on campus (Read)

August 19, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "Obama administration plans to overhaul rules on student debt forgiveness." (Read)

August 13, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The New York Times article "With $350 Billion Plan, Hillary Clinton Prods Rivals on Student Debt." (Read)

For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

September 2, 2015
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education article "How One State Reduced In-State Tuition for Undergrads." (Read)

August 30, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Orange County Register article "Community college district's Saudi outreach draws fire." (Read)

August 29, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Chicago Tribune article "University of Illinois endures summer of scandals." (Read)

August 28, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Oregonian article "Portland State's $100 million donor disaster: what's next" (Read)

August 27, 2015
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian op-ed in USA Today "Tell States to do their share: Opposing view." (Read)

August 27, 2015
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Portland Tribune story "For-profit schools getting a hall pass as state watchdog plays hooky." (Read)


For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.