How Candidates With Ties to Higher Education Fared in the Election

President Obama was re-elected on Tuesday night, and he will also retain the distinction of being the highest-elected academic in the country. Mr. Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for more than a decade before being elected to the U.S. Senate, in 2004.

Aside from Mr. Obama, in Congressional and state races across the country, a handful of candidates with connections to higher education were on the ballot, and several of them won. Following are the results o…


Calif. Voters Approve Ballot Measure to Stave Off ‘Trigger Cuts’ at State Colleges

On the same night that President Obama won a convincing victory in a race for re-election that at one time was considered too close to call, Gov. Jerry Brown of California appears to have pulled off a win in a similar squeaker. The Democratic governor declared victory for Proposition 30, a ballot measure crucial to the financial future of California’s public colleges. Proposition 30 led 54 percent to 46 percent with 87 percent of precincts reporting.

Governor Brown introduced the measure in orde…


Obama Is Equally Favored by Young Voters With and Without College, Survey Finds

Young voters who have attended college favor President Obama by the same margin as their peers without experience in college, according to an analysis of poll data released on Thursday by the Tufts University Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

More than half of the 18-to-29-year-old registered and extremely likely voters who were polled said they supported President Obama, compared with about a third who preferred the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. There wa…


Louisiana Ballot Measure Could Mean More Guns on Campuses, Professor Says

A proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot in Louisiana on November 6 may make it even tougher to regulate guns in a state with some of the least restrictive gun-control laws in the country. Now Dayne Sherman, an assistant professor of library sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University, suggests in an op-ed piece in the Hammond, La., Daily Star that the amendment, if approved, could pave the way for courts to strike down laws restricting concealed weapons on college campus…


Can Storms Sway Elections?

Over on The Chronicle’s Percolator blog, Tom Bartlett writes about the potential effect of Hurricane Sandy on the presidential election. He talks with Neil Malhotra, an associate professor of business and political science at Stanford University and a co-author of a new paper that looks at how various factors, including disasters, influence voting.


For Lynn U., Presidential Debate Was a Chance to Shine in National Spotlight

Lynn University was closed on Friday, as a precaution against Hurricane Sandy, which was barreling toward the region. But the campus in Boca Raton, Fla., was also recovering this week from a storm of its own making: hosting a presidential debate.

After months of intensive preparation and anticipation, the 90-minute debate on Monday came and went quickly, says Kevin M. Ross, the university’s president.

“The tens of thousands of people who came were here for about a day,” he says. “Within 24 hours…


Negative Campaign Ads Can Work for Candidates When Used Judiciously, Study Finds

People in this presidential election’s battleground states are being inundated by millions of dollars’ worth of negative political advertising from both the Obama and Romney campaigns.

A researcher at a university in one of those states, Florida, has conducted a study with potential implications for that controversial element of campaign strategy. The study, by Juliana B. Fernandes, an assistant professor of strategic communication at the University of Miami, looked into the question of how to m…


‘We’ve Never Heard of You, Either’

As hordes of reporters and politicians descended on Lynn University for Monday night’s debate, it seemed likely that at least a few of them quipped about the small private institution’s relative obscurity.

But the university, in Boca Raton, Fla., was ready with a feisty retort: “We’ve never heard of you, either.”

T-shirts quickly became one of the most popular aspects of the debate on the Boca Raton, Fla., campus. (Lynn U. photo by Helena Suba)

That was the message emblazoned on hundreds of offi…


U.S. Voting System Has Improved Since 2000, but Problems Remain, Report Says

Technological upgrades in voting machines have significantly improved the integrity of the nation’s electoral process since the confusion that marred the 2000 presidential election, but widespread problems persist in voter-registration systems and in the growing number of absentee ballots, according to a report released last week by the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project.

“The effort over the past dozen years to improve voting machines has paid off,” said Charles Stewart III, a professor …