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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

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