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Obama has sketched an ambitious higher education agenda for his second term, but it's unclear who at the Education Department will be in charge of implementing it.
In the next session, Republican-controlled House and Senate led by Democrats will face a range of crises, including several with ramifications for higher education.
In many ways, President Obama's re-election represents a continuation. But he has already hinted at some of his higher education plans for his second term.
Education Department leaders huddle with hotshots of higher education "disruption" and college leaders to talk about encouraging innovation.
With the election approaching, colleges in states with strict voter ID laws are doing what they can to get students the information they need.
Federal spending on the biggest student grant program surprisingly declines by $2.2 billion, even as numbers of recipients increased. But a sword still hangs over the program.
The Democrats' positions on higher education center on what the administration has done.
GOP's party platform calls out colleges for political and scientific bias, as well as out of control tuition hikes. It also takes a hard line on immigration and affirmative action.
The presumptive Republican nominee proposes loosening regulations on for-profit colleges, returning to bank-based student lending and consolidating federal grant programs.
In the first weeks of the 2012 campaign, Obama and Romney focused not on economic or foreign issues but on the student loan interest rate. Could student debt play a significant role in this year's elections?
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