Decision 2012: Election Day

November 06, 2012

Decision 2012: Election Day

Next Up for Obama

Colleges Anticipate Four More Years of Reform

The president still faces stiff challenges in reshaping higher education.

The Future of For-Profits

An Obama win will most likely mean continued tight scrutiny of for-profit higher education.

'The Dream Act Lives'

The passage of a referendum in Maryland may be a promising sign for illegal immigrants.

Election Analysis From The Chronicle

The student vote: 'Dorm Storming' in a Swing State

George Mason University played host to a rally for Mr. Romney, but where the state would land on the Electoral College map was anybody's guess.

Predictions: The New Kids on the Polling Block

The Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang says he will “eat a really big bug” if Mitt Romney wins Ohio. Here’s what Mr. Wang and a new breed of poll aggregators know that David Brooks apparently doesn’t.

Student aid: Romney Voices Support for Expanding Pell Grant Program

Governor Romney offered some of his most explicit support for the Pell Grant program in the second debate.

A second term: Student Aid Is a Recurring Theme as Obama Outlines Plans for a Second Term

President Obama told a rally that “no family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don’t have the money.”

Dreamers: U.S. Opens a Door to Young Illegal Immigrants

The Obama administration's new policy toward young illegal immigrants is expected to increase the ranks of those going to college.

Regulations: For-Profit Colleges vs. Obama

With the the fate of several rules that affect the sector hanging in the balance, the industry has donated more heavily to Republicans.

Ballot Initiatives, State by State

Voters in 11 states weighed in on ballot measures that could affect higher-education policy or colleges' bottom lines. Here's how those measures fared:

Passed: | Rejected:

Prop 30 An estimated $6-billion in revenue would be raised through temporary increases in the sales and income taxes. If it fails, the state’s public colleges would face a "trigger cut" of $963-million.
Question 2 Asks voters whether they support an $11.3-million bond to build a facility for the University of Maine system to test animals and plants to prevent food-borne illnesses.
Question 4 Voters will decide whether to make the state the 13th to permit the children of illegal immigrants to pay lower in-state tuition rates.
Proposal 2 Graduate students would be allowed to form unions and bargain collectively if voters approve this measure.
Proposition B Voters will decide whether to raise cigarette taxes, with the money going into a newly created Health and Education Trust Fund. The estimated revenue is $283-million to $423-million, with about 30 percent going to higher education.
LR-121 This measure would bar residents who are not U.S. citizens from the state's public colleges, and deny all state services to those who cannot prove their legal residency.
New Jersey
Question 1 As part of a wide-ranging (and somewhat controversial) deal to restructure higher education in the state, legislators are asking voters to approve a $750-million bond issue to pay for new buildings and equipment at public and private colleges.
New Mexico
Question C This measure would authorize a $120-million bond sale for repairs and improvements of higher-education buildings in the state. Another bond measure, of $9.83-million for public libraries, including those at colleges, is also on the ballot.
Question 759 Lawmakers have put a measure on the ballot to ban any state program that uses affirmative action, including preferences for race, color, sex, ethnicity, or national origin. Public colleges have said the measure would have little effect on their admissions policies.
Rhode Island
Question 759 Rhode Island College, a public institution enrolling about 9,000 students, would get as much as $50-million from a bond measure to renovate and expand facilities for health and nursing programs.
Senate Joint Resolution 8223 Under current law, the University of Washington and Washington State University cannot invest any publicly generated revenue, such as parking fees and indirect-cost reimbursement for grants, in the stock of corporations. This constitutional amendment would eliminate that ban.
Initiative Measure 1185 This measure would renew restrictions on government spending that require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature in order to create any new taxes or raise existing ones. The measure is generally seen as a way to rein in government spending, since it would raise the bar for approving additional revenue for state government, including schools and higher education.