November 09, 2016

A Stunning Upset

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Donald Trump, the Republican president-elect, delivers his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning in New York. Mr. Trump defeated his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, to become the 45th president of the United States.

Donald J. Trump won election as the 45th president of the United States in an astonishing upset of Hillary Clinton, a Democrat who had long led her Republican rival in the polls. Here is extended coverage of the unexpected result of their contest, and news and commentary about the coming Trump administration.

Trump’s nominee for education secretary has a long history of wielding influence outside of government and behind the scenes.

A founder of the alt-right believes motherhood is more important for women than careers, wants to see European-American student groups at colleges, and would deport the undocumented.

Donald Trump’s choice for education secretary has well-established views on elementary and secondary education, but virtually no track record on higher education. Friends and observers say her support for school choice may provide clues to her vision.

The election of Donald Trump has heightened conflicts on campuses, but it has also thrown into public view discord that many say was there all along.

White support for Donald Trump plunged by 18 percentage points if voters had earned a college degree. Why?

Ben Yagoda tracks the president-elect's poor spelling, thin skin, self-aggrandizement, and occasional graciousness and subtlety. But he can't find any reaction to hateful harassment and threats since the election.

Hina Naveed, who came to the United States from Pakistan, says she’s troubled by the president-elect’s rhetoric. She and other undocumented students are rallying to save protections that could be rolled back.

In a long Education Department career, James Manning has been known as a steady hand without partisan proclivities.

The Association of American Universities worries that the open-access policies federal research agencies are developing now are not sufficiently aligned. Any slowdown in putting them in place, it says, is "probably a positive."

His tax-reform plan holds the key to making college affordable again.

Such colleges, in the words of one prominent scholar, are the "antidote" to the blight of minority communities that the president-elect criticized on the campaign trail.

If students, alumni, board members, and other leaders pull together, they can help launch a renewal in the sector.

Leaders say they walk a fine line, trying to reassure students who feel threatened without alienating conservatives on campus.

Amid a spate of racially charged and hate-motivated incidents on campuses since last week, the university stands out for urging its faculty to allow students to speak up.

The president-elect has alarmed researchers from abroad and, at times, rejected the scientific consensus on climate change and on vaccines. But he has also offered support for the federal role in funding research.

In 49 counties that are home to public flagship universities, only eight favored Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton, according to a Chronicle analysis of voting data.

The president-elect’s nativist rhetoric has left those students worried about a backlash.

The president-elect has pledged to reverse the Obama administration’s actions on immigration. Students who benefited from those protections suddenly find themselves living in a much scarier world.

In trying to appease the "relevance" and "bottom line" bandwagons, higher education has failed to nurture critical thinking.

How to carry on in a post-truth era.

The president-elect's resonant skewering of elites, political correctness, and immigration policy resonates with the country’s longstanding skepticism of academe.

Those who’ve spent their lives on campuses might shake their heads in disbelief at voters on the other side of the education divide. Yet how many academic types really know their neighbors?

Even if the new president reduces or ends enforcement of the gender-equity law, colleges are likely to remain focused on the issue.

Policy experts expect the new administration to limit or end some of the most onerous rules from the Obama era, including those governing proprietary colleges.

Let’s not spend the next four years whining. Let’s raise our voices for justice, equity, and the liberation of the American psyche from the demons that haunted us in this election.

Macomb County voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Despite the local community college’s model work-force-training programs, many residents feel the economy has passed them by. In 2016 the county went for Donald Trump — helping tip the election in his favor.

Campaign-watchers had long focused on the role the electorate’s schooling would play in the race. But it’s hardly the only demographic breakdown that mattered.

As professors grappled with their own surprise, they also had to figure out how to deal with students’ and colleagues’ questions.

After a surprising election, public-opinion researchers assess the damage.

The Education Department will probably survive. Free college, not so much.

Protests, hugs, and solidarity mark campus responses across the country.

Donald Trump’s abrasive presidential campaign angered many people in academe. His upset win raises questions about higher education’s place amid a tide of anti-intellectualism.

Hillary Clinton’s supporters, at her alma mater and elsewhere, began Tuesday evening ready to celebrate. As their watch parties closed down, the mood had turned to despair.


Several other electoral results could have implications for higher education. Here's a look at a few of them.