• Strategic Plan FY 2020–2025


    AASCU will elevate and transform member institutions through effective public policy and leadership to enable its members to drive regional economic mobility through student access and success while helping to solve their communities’ most pressing challenges.


    AASCU is the collective voice of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and systems that hold students and community at the heart of their mission. The association works to expand student access, success and opportunity, promote world-class teaching and experiential learning tied to career advancement, and support applied research and service that advances economic development and quality of life in communities across the country.

    AASCU will focus on five key action areas:

    • Promote understanding of and support for public higher education and its unique role in providing affordable, high quality education and serving as stewards of place that empower regional economic development and help local communities thrive;
    • Support innovation in teaching and learning through research and collaborative projects with the end goal of improving all students’ educational and career outcomes;
    • Build partnerships with philanthropy, government, and business that leverage our collective power to promote economic and social mobility, student success, and build a dynamic, globally competent workforce;
    • Develop and advocate for public policy that furthers academic quality and innovation, access, equity and inclusion, and regional stewardship and economic progress; and
    • Create professional development opportunities for member presidents and other leaders, with an unequaled investment in growing and diversifying the leadership pipeline.


    In fulfilling its mission, AASCU is committed to the following core values:

    Social Mobility 
    Increasing social and economic mobility by promoting accessible, affordable, and high quality public higher education for students of all backgrounds in particular those who are non-traditional, from lower-income families, or from underrepresented groups. 

    Student Success
    Committing to programs and policies that help our members position students at the heart of their institutions and that have real-world impact on students’ social and economic mobility. 

    Fostering innovative strategies that help members think deeply and creatively about the nature of their work and encourage institutional achievement. 

    Proactively working to understand and respond to the needs of our member institutions and the diverse students and communities they serve. 

    Enhancing institutional leadership by supporting presidents, chancellors, and campus leaders with professional development opportunities that foster exemplary practices, innovative management, and promote a cadre of diverse future leaders. 


    Fostering responsible and accountable stewardship of the public trust. Student Success - Infographic

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    • Kellee Edmonds
      Vice President for Communications and Public Relations
      (202) 478-4662
    • José A. Cabrales
      Chief of Staff/Secretary to the Board of Directors
      (202) 478-4661