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

February 11, 2016
Coalition letter regarding Department of Labor's Misguided overtime proposal (Read

February 10, 2016
AASCU Federal Advisory on the FY2017 Budget (Read

February 10, 2016
Letter to Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) regarding the Higher Education Act and drug convictions (Read

February 8, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in Buzzfeed News article "Education Department Touts a New Crackdown On Fraud By Colleges." (Read

February 8, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The New York Times story "University of Phoenix, Apollo Education Group, Will be Taken Private." (Read

February 5, 2016
AASCU's Barmak Nassirian quoted in The Washington Post article "College is the new cable bundle. Do students deserve a 'Netflix'?" (Read


For more Federal Policy Actions, visit Federal Policy section

AASCU State Policy Actions

January 26, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Diverse article "Campus Gun Laws Met with Opposition from Legislature." (Read

January 26, 2016
AASCU cited in The Huffington Post article "Report Reveals Terrifying Flaws in College Campus Gun Laws." (Read

January 25, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Stateline article "The High Cost of Higher Education" (Read

January 14, 2016
AASCU releases "Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2016" (Read

January 14, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Inside Higher Ed article "Planned Breakup in Tennessee." (Read

January 11, 2016
AASCU's report on state sexual assault legislation cited in The Michigan Daily article "Michigan Legislature Lags in Sexual Assault Policy." (Read

January 8, 2016
AASCU's Thomas Harnisch quoted in Iowa City Press-Citizen story "Herreld will continue to answer his critics via email." (Read


For more State Policy Actions, visit State Policy section.