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. 

Each June, on Capitol Hill Day, professors from across the country visit Congress to talk with their representatives and senators about academic freedom, funding, and other issues affecting higher education. The day is capped with a reception on Capitol Hill.

Position Papers from Past Capitol Hill Days

(Note that the contact information on these past position papers may no longer be valid)

2017:

             Access and Affordability for College Students (pdf)

            Prior Learning Assessment and Competency-Based Education (pdf)
            Trump Budget: Cuts to Research and Humanities Programs (pdf)           

2016: 

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)

2015:

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

2014:

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

2013:

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

2012:

2011:

Invest in Access, Research, and Teaching (.pdf)
Science, Academic Freedom, and Public Policy (.pdf)
Higher Education Regulation (.pdf)

2010:

Preserving Quality and Expanding Access (.pdf)
Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (.pdf)