Election 2012

Examining who could shape higher education policy in Obama's second term

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.

Higher ed and the congressional election results

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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.

What Obama victory means for higher education

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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 talks up innovation in high-profile summit

Education Department leaders huddle with hotshots of higher education "disruption" and college leaders to talk about encouraging innovation.

Colleges help students deal with state voter ID laws

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With the election approaching, colleges in states with strict voter ID laws are doing what they can to get students the information they need.

Pell spending declines despite growth in grant recipients

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.

Higher education plays a role in Democratic platform

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The Democrats' positions on higher education center on what the administration has done.

GOP platform is harshly critical of higher education

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.

Romney unveils higher education platform

The presumptive Republican nominee proposes loosening regulations on for-profit colleges, returning to bank-based student lending and consolidating federal grant programs.

How student debt became a focus of the presidential campaign

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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