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Policy & Advocacy

Policy & Advocacy

AASCU delivers America’s promise through its public policy advocacy.

We amplify members’ voices, offering legislators and advocates guidance that promotes higher education and empowers state colleges and universities to transform their communities.

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2023 Council of State Representatives chair Ronald S. Rochon, president of the University of Southern Indiana

We inform policymakers to strengthen state colleges and universities.

Policy Agenda.

We help key stakeholders formulate effective public policy and define legislative priorities advancing public higher education.

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Policy Resources

Our resources provide institutions and policymakers with timely insights that inform the development of effective higher education policies.

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AASCU Advocacy Center

We facilitate the coordinated, tactical advocacy of state colleges and universities through impactful campaigns, federal updates, and lawmaker outreach.

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AASCU members are shaping the nation.

Our institutions are stewards of place, creating and sustaining thriving communities as engines of upward social mobility in cities, suburbs, towns, and remote rural areas throughout the United States.



out of the 780 public four-year institutions in the United States are AASCU members.

3.2 million

undergraduate students – 34% of the nation’s 9.3 million – are enrolled in or at AASCU institutions.


of the 1.4 million bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States come from AASCU members. 

Elevate our Public Policy Agenda.

Our annual Public Policy Agenda promotes the collective priorities of our members before Congress and the administration, focusing on the following three pillars and their policy actions:

  • Advance state and federal partnerships
  • Double the maximum Pell Grant awards
  • Strengthen educator preparation programs
  • Infrastructure investments
  • Responsible regulatory relief
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  • Campus Safety
  • Protection and Promotion of Free Speech
  • Promoting Civic Engagement, Campus Diversity
  • Improve Educational Opportunities for Veterans and Service Members
  • Support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and “Dreamers”
  • Promote International Education, Support Foster Care Youth Students
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  • Institutional Autonomy of Public Institutions
  • Accreditation and Quality Assurance
  • Strengthen Educator Preparation
  • Competitiveness
  • Promote Innovation in Higher Education
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AASCU members are transforming student lives. Our advocacy amplifies their work.

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