Campus: CSU Fresno -- November 28, 2005
President Welty Becomes Chair of Association of State Colleges
California State University, Fresno President John D. Welty assumed the chair of the
American Association of State Colleges and Universities at the organization’s annual
meeting Nov. 22.
AASCU represents more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems of higher education
throughout the United States and its territories. AASCU schools enroll more than 3 million
students or 55 percent of the enrollment at all public four-year institutions.
Members of the AASCU work to extend higher education to all citizens. Access is a hallmark
of AASCU institutions, colleges and universities that embrace students who traditionally
have been underrepresented in higher education as well as those who are first generation
As chair, Welty is responsible for leading the board of directors in setting policy,
representing the organization and helping the AASCU president serve as a national advocate
for public higher education.
“It is a great honor to be selected by your peers for this role,” said Welty. “It is
important to me to give back to this organization, which has meant a great deal to me over
Welty said the major focus of AASCU in the coming year will be advocating for its public
policy agenda with Congress and the Administration, with an emphasis on improving financial
aid for students and the passage of the Higher Education Re-Authorization Act.
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