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.
The next president will shape higher education policy on a range of issues.
California politicians are targeting students and faculty members to support a ballot measure that, by raising taxes, could stave off cuts to higher education and tuition hikes.
Although only a small number of ballot measures this election season deal with higher education, initiatives in several states could have significant impact.
Even if college issues haven't been prominent in many races, the outcome -- especially if control of the House or Senate shifts -- could have a big impact.
With the election approaching, colleges in states with strict voter ID laws are doing what they can to get students the information they need.
Several discussions at the Democratic National Convention have focused on whether college students will turn out for Obama, as they did in 2008.
Education played a big role on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
The Democrats' positions on higher education center on what the administration has done.