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 25, 2017
Coalition letter to Senate Committee leaders supporting the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Read

July 25, 2017
Coalition letter to Senate leaders in support of the Dream Act of 2017 (Read

July 25, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article "On Administrative Spending, Which Colleges Get the Most Bang for the Buck?" (Read

July 24, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Education Week article "Betsy DeVos is a K-12 Advocate. So Why All the Action in Higher Ed?" (Read

July 23, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Morning Call article "On campus and in 'The House,' college costs remain an obstacle (Read

July 22, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in WHBH Radio story "Loan Limbo-While For-Profit College Students Wait, Trump Administration Stalls." (Read


AASCU State Policy Actions

July 23, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "State Funding Cuts Matter." (Read

July 20, 2017
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Iowa City Press-Citizen article "University of Iowa seeking firms to help with employment review." (Read

July 17, 2017
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Education Dive article "Getting Resourceful: How Administrators Can Generate Alternative Revenue Streams." (Read

For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.

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