2022 Higher Education Government Relations Conference

2022 HEGRC

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 to Friday, December 2, 2022
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

Strengthening Higher Education’s Value Proposition Through Advocacy

Join us for the 2022 Higher Education Government Relations Conference (HEGRC), AASCU’s annual gathering of government relations professionals.

About the Conference

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) are proud to sponsor the 28th annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference (HEGRC), which will be held Nov. 30Dec. 2, 2022, at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel. HEGRC is an educational forum for professionals who foster effective governmental, public, and community relations on behalf of public colleges and universities.

With 36 state governorships, 88 state legislative chambers in 46 states, and the congressional midterm elections being contested in early November 2022, government relations professionals will need to strengthen their ability to persuasively convey to state and federal lawmakers and other stakeholders the collective economic and social good generated by public colleges and universities. The start of the 118th Congress and the 2023 state legislative sessions next January will usher many new faces, perspectives, and policy ideas with which colleges and universities will need to engage.

Conference participants will hear the latest developments in state higher education funding and policy, as well as federal legislation and regulations emanating from Congress and the Biden administration impacting public colleges and universities. Join your peers at this important gathering and professional development opportunity to exchange strategies for improving innovation, accountability, affordability, productivity, and state support of higher education. The program will feature thought leaders from across the political, policy, and higher education spectrum.

Luis Maldonado, vice president, government relations and policy analysis 
Hotel and Logistics:
Danita Young, assistant vice president, meetings and conferences

Schedule top

2022 HEGRC Shedule at a Glance   HEGRC Schedule at a Glance

1:30-2:15 p.m. ET

  • Pre-Conference Workshop—Title IX Regulations
     Speakers will share their frontline insights to the proposed Department of Education Title IX regulations.

2:45-3:45 p.m. ET

  • Opening General Session 
    Getting an education after high school is more important than ever before. But what is that education worth to students, their families, and society? How do we make sure that education delivers value for all students, regardless of their race, ethnicity, income, or gender? This session will highlight the work of the Postsecondary Value Commission and actions leaders can take now to improve postsecondary value and make it more equitable.  

4–5 p.m. ET

  • General Session—The Lingering Impact of HEERF on Campuses and Students
    The session will highlight some of the uses of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) I, II, and III resources. Panelists will examine the past, present, and future uses of funding. They will also discuss campuses’ experiences with shifting flexibility in the use of funds, on the one hand, and the built-in limitations on the other.

5–6:30 p.m. ET

  • Opening Reception

8–9 a.m. ET

  • Breakfast

9:15-10:30 a.m. ET

  • General SessionThe Interplay of Federal Legislative and Regulatory Policies and Their Impact on Colleges and Universities
    The federal government continues to increase its influence on higher education through congressional funding allocations and its accompanying administrative regulatory framework. The session speakers will focus on the relationship of what is or is not happening in Washington, D.C., and the effects it has on college campuses.

10:45 a.m.–12 p.m. ET

  • General SessionThe State of Public Higher Education and the Policy Issues That Shape Its Future
    This keynote address will focus on the some of the most impactful issues confronting public higher education, including reductions in state investments, changes to the makeup of the population, and the resulting pressures on systems to consolidate

12–1:15 p.m. ET

  • Lunch 

1:30–3 p.m. ET

  • Affinity Group Sessions

    • Community Colleges
    • Regional State Universities
    • Research Universities


3:15–4:45 p.m. ET

  • General SessionA Difficult Venn Diagram: The Expected Enrollment Cliff and the Lingering Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on College-Going Students
    Speakers will provide important insight into the combined impact of the predicted enrollment cliff and the continued impact of COVID-19 on student enrollment in higher education. The session will highlight what policymakers should know about the effects these two distinct phenomena could have on colleges and universities and their students.  

8-9 a.m. ET

  • Breakfast

9-10 a.m. ET

  • General Session—The Changing Landscape of College Athletics  
    This session will focus on what colleges and universities must know about changes to the NCAA policies and state laws relating to student-athletes’ name, image, and likeness (NIL). Speakers will address the impact of the Supreme Court’s paradigm-changing decision, the assortment of state laws across the country, and the College Athletes Bill of Rights introduced in Congress to provide clarity at a national level.

10-11 a.m. ET

  • General SessionWhat Is Ahead in Washington, D.C., Post-Elections
    Now that the 117th congressional session is ending and the first two years of the Biden administration are about to conclude, this session will focus on what we can expect during the upcoming 118th Congress, the remainder of the FY23 appropriations process, prospects for immigration reform, the Department of Education’s regulatory agenda, and when Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization will ever happen.

11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET

  •  Closing Session and Remarks


Registration Information top

Register Online

Early Bird
Sept. 5–Oct. 7

After Oct. 7




Registration questions? Contact Felicia Durham, registrar.

  • A written cancellation must be received at AASCU by Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET, to receive a refund of the registration fee.
  • All changes and cancellations must be in writing. Refunds will only be available for in-person registrations.
  • Cancellations received later than 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, will incur a 25% cancellation/administrative fee.
  • Cancellations received after Nov. 22, 2022, and no-shows are not eligible for refunds.
  • All refunds will be issued within 21 days of the receipt of the refund request.
  • When writing to cancel or submit a refund request, email Felicia Durham and include “HEGRC22 Cancelation” in the subject line. Please indicate to whom and where the refund should be issued.

Accommodations top

Park Hyatt AviaraRenaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street
Washington. D.C. 20001

The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel is set in the heart of the city and is steps from Capital One Arena, Penn Quarter, and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. From museums to entertainment, this is the perfect base for exploring downtown Washington.

Reservations should be confirmed prior to the cutoff on Friday, Nov. 18. Reservation requests after Friday, Nov. 18, will be accepted as space is available.     

Sleeping room options are available at the meeting room rate of $199 for single and double occupancy. All rooms are subject to taxes are currently 14.95%. 

Reserve Online

Reservations should be confirmed prior to Friday, Nov. 18. Reservation requests after Nov. 18 will be accepted as space is available and at market rates. 

Cancellation Policy

Should your travel plans change, please notify AASCU no later than three business days prior to check-in to avoid a cancellation or no-show fee. 


Guest accommodations will be available at 3 p.m. ET on arrival day and reserved until 12 p.m. ET on departure day. Note: All requests for early check-in are REQUESTS and may or may not be accommodated.

Any attendee wishing special consideration for late checkout should inquire at the front desk on the day of departure or at time of reservation.

Help Keep Meeting Costs Down
When booking in the AASCU block, guests take advantage of discounted room rates and help us negotiate the best rates for future events. 

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Distance from hotel: 5 miles

Washington Dulles International Airport
Distance from hotel: 27.8 miles

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport
Distance from hotel: 34 miles

Other Transportation
Union Station
Distance from hotel: 1.2 miles

There are also two metro stations within 5 minutes’ walk of the hotel.


  • On-Site Parking: $35/per day
  • Valet Parking: $60.18/per day


All meetings and conferences sponsored by AASCU are inclusive and accessible to all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. Please request accessibility services when you register and contact Danita Young, assistant vice president, meetings and conferences, if you need auxiliary aids or services.

By participating in an AASCU conference, you are automatically authorizing AASCU, its employees, and its communications department to use your name, photograph, voice, or another likeness for purposes related to the mission of AASCU, including but not limited to publicity, marketing, websites, social media vehicles, and any other AASCU-related electronic forms or media for the promotion of AASCU and its various programs. 

All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend HEGRC. Upload proof of vaccine status via the Spartan Medical Vaccine Verification and Tracking App. If you have provided your proof of vaccination for a previous in-person AASCU event, you do not need to upload it again.

We will follow all local, state, and federal guidelines to ensure participant safety.

Visit AASCU’s Coronavirus Resources page for additional information and resources.