Candidates: Where I stand on higher education

Obama and Romney have divergent views on higher education.

When voters go to the polls on Nov. 6, they’ll choose from among presidential candidates who have very different views on the major issues affecting America, including education.

With the election rapidly approaching, we’ve pulled together a summary of what each of the two major party candidates—President Barack Obama for the Democratic party, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican party—have said about their plans for higher education.

(To read about their plans, click on the headlines for each article.)…Read More

Obama criticizes Romney over college assistance

Obama pledged to preserve Pell Grant spending.

President Barack Obama accused rival Mitt Romney of being oblivious to the burdens of paying for college on Tuesday, telling young voters in battleground Ohio that his opponent’s education policies amount to nothing more than encouraging them to tap their parents for money or “shop around” for the best deal.

“This is his plan. That’s his answer to a young person hoping to go to college — shop around and borrow more money from your parents if you have to. Not only is that not a good answer, it’s not even an answer,” Obama said at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno.

Turning to young voters, a key part of his 2008 coalition, the president sought to draw a bright line with Romney on education policy in his latest attempt to meld Romney with the House Republican budget blueprint offered Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate.…Read More

Romney, at Harvard, merged two worlds

President Obama has a Harvard law degree. Former President George W. Bush has a Harvard M.B.A., The New York Times reports. Will the next president have both?

One of the most exclusive clubs in academe is a Harvard University dual-degree program allowing graduate students to attend its law and business schools simultaneously, cramming five years of education into four. On average, about 12 people per year have completed the program — the overachievers of the overachievers — including a striking number of big names in finance, industry, law and government.

The program is so small that it has drawn little attention outside rarefied circles, but that may change as its most famous graduate, Mitt Romney, campaigns for the White House, subjecting every phase of his life to scrutiny.…Read More