Global Challanges: the project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

AASCU will be a transformative influence in American public higher education through advocacy, leadership and service. This vision will be achieved when:

  • The general public, the media and policy makers better understand and support the role and public purposes of state colleges and universities (SCUs);
  • Members have the information, tools, resources and support needed to achieve their missions of preparing students for the 21st century; and
  • AASCU is known and admired as an innovative thought leader and force for positive change in higher education.


AASCU  is a Washington-based  higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic  progress and cultural development.

AASCU has five fundamental purposes:

  • To promote understanding, appreciation  and support for the public purpose of public higher education and the distinctive contributions of those institutions that comprise the AASCU  membership;
  • To support member institutions in their mission to prepare students who can be demonstrably competitive and effective in an economy and a society that requires global literacy;
  • To advocate for effective public policy at the federal level and to provide both federal and state policy analysis to advance member institutions and the students they serve;
  • To provide leadership for effective policy development and program support that will strengthen  academic quality, promote access and inclusion, foster regional  stewardship and economic progress, and facilitate educational  innovation; and
  • To create professional development opportunities for member presidents, and their spouses and partners, system executives and other senior leaders and to undertake a systematic approach to fostering new leaders who will contribute to educational innovation.

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