Public, Private Educators Have Differing Views Of Obama
March 9, 2012 by Sam Rolley
A majority of college presidents, except for those in for-profit higher education, say they plan to vote for President Barack Obama this fall, despite the fact that most believe he has failed to deliver on higher education promises.
According to a survey conducted by USA Today’s Inside Higher Ed, 65.1 percent of college presidents say they plan to cast a vote for Obama this fall. Support for the President was strongest in public higher education with 75 percent at public doctoral and master’s institutions, 85 percent at public baccalaureate institutions and 66 percent at community colleges. The lowest level of support was in for-profit higher education, where only 29 percent of presidents said they plan to vote for Obama.
Responding to whether Obama has “fulfilled the promise that many in higher education” saw for him four years ago, only 36 percent of presidents answered yes. The figure was lowest in the for-profit sector with only 18 percent believing so. Private colleges have clashed with the Obama Administration several times in recent years over stifling Department of Education mandates.
USA Today contends that heavy support for Obama among public college presidents stems from a lack of a pro-education agenda among the Republican candidates. Only 10 percent of all college presidents believed that the Republican candidates have offered a higher education vision. Though nearly half, 44 percent, of presidents at for profit institutions believe that the Republicans have offered pro-education policy.