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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 24, 2018


Weekly Digest

Earlier this month, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) published a new brief on the higher education issues that will likely capture the attention of policymakers this year. Titled the Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2018, this 11th annual assessment of state higher education policy concerns includes a mix of new issues—such as federal policy changes—and longstanding policy debates, such as budgets, guns on campus, performance funding, and immigration.

On January 22, the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) released findings from the annual Grapevine survey, which provides an early look each year at state funding for higher education. Survey data shows that state fiscal support for higher education nationwide increased by a modest 1.6% from FY 2017 to FY 2018, which is the lowest annual percent increase in the past five years. Almost all of the increase was accounted for by appropriations in only three relatively large states: California, Florida, and Georgia. Total funding across the remaining 47 states rose by only 0.2%. 


Join Your Colleagues at the 2018 Master's Education Conference

The conference brings together deans/directors, academic administrators, and nursing faculty from master's programs focused on direct care roles (e.g., Clinical Nurse Leaders and nurse educators) and indirect care roles (e.g., public health nurses, informaticists, clinical research coordinators, and nurse administrators/managers). Register today!

AACN is offering the CNL Summit and the CNL Research Symposium during the same week to provide greater opportunities for learning, discussion, and networking among peers.

AACN Updates

AACN Mourns the Loss of Dr. Arnold P. Gold >>

There's Still Time to Register Your Students at the Reduced Rate for the GNSA Conference! >>

ELNEC-Undergraduate Online Curriculum Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary >>


The Social Pulse

Celebrate National CRNA Week | January 21-27, 2018

Share your professional pride with your personal network of friends and family. Post videos and pictures of how your facility celebrates CRNA Week and how nurse anesthetists are there – every breath, every beat, every second. Be sure to use hashtags #CRNAWeek and #WeAreThere in your posts.

National CRNA Week

Washington-WeeklyWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: The government shutdown countdown was reset Monday evening as a short-term continuing resolution reopened the federal government through February 8; the President signed the RAISE Family Caregivers Act into law; and AACN's inaugural Graduate Nursing Student Academy Conference has extended its early registration deadline to January 31.

Read AACN's Washington Weekly >>

Featured Resource

AACN's Grassroots Network

    If you are not a member of AACN's Grassroots Network, we would like you to join today! Keep up-to-date with federal actions on policies impacting academic nursing. You will also receive AACN Action Alerts and our weekly government affairs newsletter, Washington Weekly. As the academic nursing leader of your institution, we want to make sure your voice is heard!

    See highlights of AACN's advocacy accomplishments last year - A Year in Review: 2017 AACN Advocacy. Please direct any questions to Director of Government Affairs Lauren Inouye at, or Government Affairs and Digital Advocacy Coordinator Kate Priddy at  


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