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AAU joined 89 other associations and organizations in urging Congress “to support and prioritize the mental and behavioral health needs” of students in higher education. The associations’ letter notes that the mental health crisis among college students has long been under addressed and has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAU joined ACE and 31 other organizations on a letter to Senate HELP Committee leaders urging them to adopt a amendment by Senator Chris Murphy to add the ‘‘Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment Act,” or TREAT Act to the PREVENT Pandemics Act (S. 3799).

AAU joined ACE and 16 other higher education associations in urging congressional leaders to pass legislation to extend COVID-related flexibilities granted to the Department of Veterans Affairs
AAU President Barbara R. Snyder sent a letter to Congress expressing support for certain provisions of the Build Back Better Act and urging some important modifications as the bill advances through the legislative process. The letter emphasizes the significance of a successful government-university partnership and asks Congress to improve the legislation so it benefits students and America’s research and innovation enterprise.
AAU joined ACE and six other higher education associations in sending a comment letter asking the Department of Education to withdraw its proposed information collection on reporting requirements for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund program.
AAU joined ACHA, ACE, and 26 other higher education associations in issuing a joint statement about state restrictions that have prevented colleges from deploying evidence-based public health measures to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks on campus.

AAU President Barbara R. Snyder sent a letter urging Senate and House budget committee leaders to make bold investments in the health, security, prosperity, and future of our nation as they craft the FY22 budget.

The Friends of IES, of which AAU is a member, sent a letter to House and Senate Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee leaders requesting at least $700 million for the Institute of Education Sciences in FY22.
AAU letter expressing gratitude for pandemic relief measures to date and outlining steps the federal policymakers should pursue in a bipartisan manner to continue to support our nation's recovery and strengthen our global competitiveness.
President Snyder writes a blog reflecting on the lessons AAU has learned during the last year.