With Obama’s Win, Colleges Anticipate 4 More Years of Reform

November 7, 2012

American voters re-elected Barack Obama as president on Tuesday, extending the White House stay of an administration that has focused on expanding federal student aid as well astightening regulations on colleges and universities. Economic concerns tookcenter stage over the course of the 2012 presidential race, as both campaigns sought to make the case for why their candidate was best equipped to lead anation still recovering from an economic recession. Higher-education issueswere often embedded in broader economic narratives. Both campaigns responded to anxiety over the cost of a college education, the unemployment rate for recent college graduates, and the burden of student-loan debt, which reached the $1-trillion milestone as the campaign was beginning this year.