At any time, EDUCAUSE may need to address an array of federal policy issues and government relations activities at the intersection of IT and higher education, often in cooperation with other associations and organizations. The Policy Advisory Committee engages member representatives in providing EDUCAUSE Policy staff and advisors with the member perspective on federal policy developments.
Committee members help to identify major federal policy concerns for the community, as well as how community interests might influence potential responses. They also inform the association’s federal policy efforts by highlighting potential issues arising from the member experience on campus. The core policy areas for the committee are cybersecurity and data privacy, e-learning (including digital accessibility), networking/telecommunications, and copyright. Eight member volunteers and a representative of Internet2's government relations staff (ex officio) comprise the committee membership. Volunteer committee members serve three-year terms.