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Hillary Clinton and Higher Ed

Hillary Clinton, 2015

Hillary Clinton, an alumna of a women’s college and an elite law school, has a long record of policy positions of importance to higher education, as first lady, as a U.S. senator from New York, as secretary of state, and as a presidential candidate.

Not all of those positions have been consistent. For example, she adopted a stand on making college free that closely followed the views of Sen. Bernie Sanders, but only after she had defeated him in the 2016 Democratic primaries. Beforehand, she had taken a more middle-of-the-road stance that focused on pressing colleges to moderate their price increases.

But whatever her policy positions, they have been more abundant and more specific than those of Donald J. Trump, her Republican opponent whom she is favored to defeat on Election Day. The main question is whether, in a theoretical Clinton administration likely to be vehemently opposed by Republicans in Congress, Mrs. Clinton will be able to enact any of her higher-ed agenda.

Here’s a look at that agenda, and its evolution over the course of the 2016 presidential-election campaign, through the eyes of Chronicle reporters.