Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 Email  Share  Print

WEDNESDAY BUZZ: Obama Wins Second Term

November 07, 2012

Obama 2012

States Pass Higher Education Initiatives

​As the higher education community reviews the results of yesterday’s election, there is particular interest in the potential impact on colleges and universities of President Barack Obama’s re-election, a new Congress and state ballot initiatives.

Some media reports focused on President Obama’s record on student aid and attainment as well as his administration’s regulatory agenda. ACE President Molly Corbett Broad congratulated the president in a statement this morning, saying: “The entire higher education community looks forward to continuing work with our president on key issues such as expanding access to educational opportunity, increasing levels of attainment and supporting cutting-edge research and innovation.”

Democrats held on to the Senate majority, with the current count at 53-1-45, and the House remained in GOP hands, at 232-191. At the time of this writing, some House and Senate seats remained up in the air. With this division in Congress and the fiscal cliff looming, ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle predicted in Inside Higher Ed that "Continued stalemate is certainly a possibility on Capitol Hill despite the huge impact that the fiscal cliff will have if we go over it."

Ballot initiatives in Maryland and California yielded good news for higher education. Maryland voters passed a statewide DREAM Act allowing certain undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition at public universities. California passed Proposition 30, which puts in place a tax to fund education, sparing the state’s public universities and community colleges from drastic cuts.

ACE members will be able to access a special webinar with Hartle on Nov. 15 for deeper insights into the results. Visit the ACE website for more details.

Read more in this morning’s headlines:

With Obama's Win, Colleges Anticipate 4 More Years of Reform
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Decision 2012: What’s Next for Education?
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Four More Years
Inside Higher Ed

Obama's Victory Spells Continued Scrutiny for For-Profit Colleges
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Californians Back Taxes to Avoid Education Cuts
The New York Times

Other ACE News

  • July 2, 2015

    Today's Headlines

    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

    In today’s headlines, the Los Angeles Times editorializes in favor of the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policy when the court rehears the Fisher case this fall. In other news, The Chronicle of Higher...

  • Institutional Capacity

    July 1, 2015

    Apply Now for ACE’s Institute for New Presidents

    New college and university leaders from all sectors of higher education can apply now for the 2015-16 ACE Institute for New Presidents, which is designed specifically for presidents in their first three years of service.

  • Supporting Student Veterans

    June 29, 2015

    Bob Woodruff Foundation Grant Extends Program to Train College Mental Health Counselors

    A grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation will allow ACE to extend an initiative that trains college and university mental health counselors on how to better address issues such as post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention in their work treating...

  • June 26, 2015

    Education Department Scales Back Plan to Rate Colleges

    The Department of Education (ED) announced yesterday that it has scaled back the planned Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) first announced by President Obama in August 2013.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    June 26, 2015

    Congress Moves Forward on Education Funding

    The House and Senate appropriations committees both passed their FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bills this week, and the results were somewhat mixed for higher education.