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Government Relations

The AAUP's government relations program tracks legislation that is relevant to our mission at both the federal and state levels. On the state level, we focus on training AAUP members to build effective state-level lobbying programs. We also communicate legislative information to members and encourage them to become active in the issues affecting higher education in general and faculty in particular. On the federal level, we often work with other groups in coalitions or sign on to multi-organizational letters on issues of key importance to higher education. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the long-standing crisis in public higher education. Declining state support, the erosion of tenure and shared governance, the increased use of contingent appointments, and the loss of the faculty voice on campus are threatening the core mission of higher education in our society. But with the new administration and Congress come new opportunities to ensure significant, sustainable public investment in higher education. That’s why the AAUP is joining with the American Federation of Teachers and other allies to push for a new deal for higher education.

Government Relations Toolkit

2023 Legislative Agenda

Past Legislative Agendas and Position Papers from Lobbying Events

(Note that the contact information on these documents may no longer be valid)


2022 Legislative Agenda


          Access and Affordability for College Students (pdf)
          Prior Learning Assessment and Competency-Based Education (pdf)
          Trump Budget: Cuts to Research and Humanities Programs (pdf)           


Joint AAUP-AFT-NEA Recommendations for the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (pdf)
Prior Learning Assessment and Competency-Based Education (pdf)
Higher Education and the Student Loan Industry (pdf)


Access, Affordability, and Protections for College Students (pdf)


Access and Affordability for College Students (pdf)
Political Interference in Research (pdf)
Sensible Regulations that Protect Students and Taxpayers (pdf)


Access and Affordability for College Students (pdf)
Political Interference in Research (pdf)
Appointments to Agencies Protecting Worker Rights (pdf)