Research universities are complex institutions affected by a large scope of federal policies. AAU and its members engage and work with Congress and Executive Branch departments and agencies to shape policies and federal investments affecting students, faculty, and the ability of research universities to achieve their educational missions of teaching, research, and service. Key Issues are the primary areas in which AAU engages federal policymaking.
AAU President Barbara R. Snyder sent a letter to House and Senate leaders outlining priorities for several key provisions that Congress is discussing as part of the conference process for S. 1260, H.R. 2225, H.R. 3593, and other related measures.