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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Joe Biden is Elected President; Kamala Harris to be Vice President; Senate Control Still Undecided

Just before 11:30 AM Eastern time this morning, the Associated Press and other news outlets projected that former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. Of historical significance, Senator Kamala Harris will become the first woman, first Black American, and first person of South Asian descent to hold the vice presidency.

What might be in store for higher education under a Biden presidency? Here are some takes:

* My blog post for the Rockefeller Institute of Government on implications of the 2020 election for higher education here.

* Inside Higher Education articles (by Keri Murakami) on possible implications of a Biden presidency here and here.

* Chronicle of Higher Education article (by Robert Kelchen) on possible implications of a Biden presidency here.

The likelihood of passing important higher education legislation in the next two years, including another badly needed stimulus package and a Higher Education Act reauthorization, is largely dependent upon the outcomes of two senate run-off elections to take place in Georgia in January. Party control of the Senate and the fate of much higher education policymaking for the next two will be determined by those elections.

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