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Advocacy & Government Relations
AICCU advances the interests of California’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities (ICCU) in public policy matters, while encouraging legislation at the state and federal levels that support the mission of our institutions, our current and future students and families, and recognize the ICCU as vital partners in higher education policy.
AICCU staff meets with policymakers, conducts research, analyzes higher education issues, publishes information, coordinates campus government relations staff, and advises members of legislative and regulatory developments with potential impact on the institutions. AICCU is proud to have played an instrumental role in the initial creation of the state’s Cal Grant program. Cal Grant awards are provided to California residents who meet specified state criteria and attend an eligible independent or public college or university.
Advocacy and Public Policy
AICCU articulates the principles and priorities of the independent California colleges and universities sector to legislators, the governor's office, policymaking bodies, and other stakeholders. AICCU monitors and advocates on public policy issues, legislation, and state budget matters impacting the independent nonprofit higher education community. Positions on policy issues, budget, and specific legislation are reported in the AICCU Week in Review for membership. AICCU also has its Policy and Advocacy Priorities for the 2019-20 Legislative Session that was reviewed and approved by membership at the October 2018 Annual Meeting.
Grassroots efforts are an important component of policy advocacy and education. Effectively interacting with legislators through consistent engagements, campus visits, phone calls, and meetings with students can educate lawmakers about the effects of legislation on a campus and independent higher education across the state.
Key California legislative committees monitored by AICCU include:
AICCU is active on the federal policymaking and regulatory level. The association closely tracks legislation, budget, and regulatory actions related to the Higher Education Act, federal student aid, Title IX, online distance education, and more. AICCU engages with Congressmembers and other public officials and organizes an annual “lobby day” in Washington, D.C. for association member presidents to meet with California’s senators and House delegation.
To further strengthen and broaden the association’s impact on Capitol Hill, AICCU engages with national higher education associations on issues of importance to our member institutions and the students they serve. AICCU is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, and the Council of Independent Colleges. AICCU is also active with the American Association of Universities. Association staff leverages the knowledge and experience of our partners to maximize our reach and influence on the federal level.
For more information please contact Tom Vu, Vice President for Policy
California State Resources
The California Legislature website provides information about the State Senate and State Assembly, including member profiles and committee information. The legislative calendar, bill and legislative member information, California law, and related publications are available at this website.
California’s State Government site provides information and links for state agencies.
The Department of Finance serves as the governor’s chief fiscal policy advisor. Current and previous budgets, including budget summaries, are available at this website.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing oversees the licensing and credentialing of professional educators.
The California Student Aid Commission administers financial aid to California resident students pursuing higher education.
California Educational Facilities Authority (CEFA) administers a revenue bond program that provides tax-exempt low-cost financing to independent, nonprofit higher educational institutions.
The Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget.
Associations and Organizations
Higher Education Newspapers and Journals