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ERIC Number: EJ1049010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec-9
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
New England Takes Stock of Midterm Elections
Harney, John O.; Morwick, Carolyn
New England Journal of Higher Education, Dec 2014
The recent midterm elections brought New England two new governors. Rhode Island elected its first woman chief executive in Gina Raimondo (D). Massachusetts elected Charlie Baker (R), a former Harvard Pilgrim CEO and official in the Weld and Cellucci administrations. Otherwise, the New England corner offices cautiously welcomed back incumbents: Democrats Dannel Malloy in Connecticut, Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire and Peter Shumlin in Vermont, and Republican Paul LePage in Maine. In higher education, a national pickup in Republican governorships and legislative chambers "will result in lawmakers placing an enhanced focus on state-provided inputs (funding) and the institutionally generated outcomes of public colleges and universities (degree production, graduation rates, etc.)," according to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). "Fiscally conservative lawmakers will ask what the state is receiving back from its investment in higher education, and how students, graduates and employers are benefiting in the process. Performance-based funding and other metric-driven accountability systems will receive continued attention." This article offers a discussion of the recently elected officials in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and the implications of the elections in each state. The article closes by highlighting New England ballot questions and discussing expectations for U.S. Senate elections.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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