New From AASCU: Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2018

January 22, 2018

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Title: Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2018

Source: AASCU Government Relations and Policy Analysis Division


The Government Relations and Policy Analysis Division at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) recently published an issue paper on the higher education issues that will be hot discussions among policymakers in 2018.

For the first time in 11 years, “changes in federal law” ranks as the top issue, including tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy and Higher Education Act reauthorization.

Second on the list is “sluggish state revenue growth.” A report released by National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) indicates that the state budget expenditures had the lowest annual increase since 2009. AASCU predicts that the slowdown in state revenue growth will exert negative influences on public higher education in 2018.

College affordability ranks third on the list, which has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years due to the increase in in-state tuition, fees, and room and board costs.

The paper also includes a list of honorable mentions, areas AASCU predicts will also dominate the policy discourse in 2018.

To read the full list, download the paper here.

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