Even though many were affected by the potential change in congressional control, elections for governor could be exceptionally important for public higher education. Governors appoint board members and have great influence over badignments.
The new Democratic governors in several states have ambitious plans for higher education.
California was granted a new governor next year because Gov. Jerry Brown will resign after his second term in office. Brown, a Democrat, restored much of the funding cut during the state's economic collapse under Gov. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, a Republican. Brown was a champion of higher education, but he also clashed with higher education leaders, questioning the payment for campus leaders and the enrollment of residents outside the states.
He will be succeeded by Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who is currently the lieutenant governor and mayor of San Francisco. In his current position, he is an ex officio member of the boards of the systems of the University of California and the California State University, and has used that role to criticize the increases in enrollment, insisting that systems must work without them. .
In his campaign, Newsom highlighted the link between what happens early in a child's life and progression through school to higher education. He has committed as governor to create a program in which the state gives a savings account to every new kindergarten student in the state to start the path of saving for college. Newsom also spoke about the need to address equity gaps early on to ensure that students from all groups excel in higher education. He called it "unacceptable" that of the 10,244 high school students in California who took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science in 2016, only 27 percent were women, 15 percent were Latino and 1 percent were Latino. blacks
The university and community college systems in the state, said during the campaign, "operate in their own silos." To change that, he has committed to recreating a coordinating board for higher education (a previous board was killed in 2011) "to set bold goals across the state and hold institutions accountable for them."
Newsom is not the only elected governor who talks about the role of the state coordinating board.
Jared Polis, the Democrat elected in Colorado, has vowed to strengthen the board of directors of his state. "We will work with the Legislature to strengthen the authority and resources available to the Colorado Higher Education Commission so that it can do the work necessary to save people money: to serve as the relentless guardian of our institutions, recommend adequate funding for Our institutions, and insist that our institutions provide partnerships that reduce costs and increase access to academic programs that are currently out of reach for many of today's students, "says his campaign platform.
Polis is also committed to take steps to minimize the costs of textbooks for students and facilitate their obtaining a bachelor's degree in three years.
In Illinois, where state support for higher education has been minimal in recent years (and at that time the state was able to approve budgets), J. B. Pritzker, the Democrat elected on Tuesday, is promising improvements to public higher education. He has said that the state should provide programs to stop the trend of an increasing number of Illinois students leaving the state for college.
In Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer was the Democrat who won on Tuesday. She wants to require every 12th grade student to create a "graduate plan" based on professional and educational goals. It is also committed to creating a scholarship program that allows all residents of the state to attend two years of college without debt.
Walker seemingly defeated in Wisconsin
Early Wednesday morning, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican from Wisconsin, seems to have narrowly lost his candidacy for re-election. Walker was involved in fight after fight with academics during his two terms. Higher education was not a dominant theme in Democrat Tony Evers' campaign to oust Walker, but Evers emphasized his career in education (as a teacher, principal, and state superintendent of schools).
Evers also committed to undo the budget cuts imposed by the state (with the encouragement of Walker). "As a member of the Board of Regents, Tony has seen first-hand the damage that Scott Walker has inflicted on higher education in Wisconsin, cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from our UW system, when other states began to reinvest in higher education. , Wisconsin decided not to do it, and it has resulted in fewer quality clbades and educators for our children, our possibilities are not limited, it is time for us to look to the future, "says the Evers platform.
Many professors said in recent weeks that they would have backed almost anyone against Walker. Among the disputes of the Walker era: his successful attempt to eliminate the tenure protections of state law, his criticism that faculty members do not teach enough, criticisms that many were based on incorrect data, his impulse to deep budget cuts that have led to the elimination of many programs in the university system and their elimination from a state board to supervise higher education for profit.
Republican Victory in Florida
One of the races of governor that attracted national attention was in Florida, where Ron DeSantis, a Republican who was a representative of the United States, defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who is mayor of Tallahbadee on Tuesday.
DeSantis vowed to be chosen to promote the prominence of the state's research universities. He noted that one institution, the University of Florida, has made the list of the 10 best public universities maintained by United States News and World Report. DeSantis said he wanted to make sure that a Florida public university goes up to the top five. (It is not clear how DeSantis plans Florida to fall out of the University of California, Berkeley or UCLA).
Gillum promised in his campaign "to make the university free of debt."
It was expected that Gillum, a graduate of the historically black University of Florida A & M, would be an advocate for institutions that serve minorities. Many black school supporters saw President Trump as insulting when he tweeted support for Gillum's opponent and noted that DeSantis was "a man educated at Harvard / Yale."
The winners and their promises
The states where the governor races are blank indicate that the race has not been called. An asterisk indicates incumbent.
|State||Winner||File / platform of higher education|
|Alabama||Kay Ivey * (R)||Ivey is committed to building support for public schools.|
|Arizona||Doug Ducey * (R)||Ducey says he supported the programs to make it possible for college students to graduate without debt if they commit to work as teachers in the state.|
|Arkansas||Asa Hutchinson * (R)||Hutchinson is committed to continuing to support the program to provide instruction in computer science in all high schools.|
|California||Gavin Newsom (D)||He has been a strong opponent of tuition increases in public colleges and universities. It commits to the state opening a savings account for each kindergarten student to promote savings for the university.|
|Colorado||Jared Polis (D)||Polis is committed to increasing the authority of the Colorado Higher Education Commission to promote efficiency and effectiveness in higher education. It also says that it will create financial incentives for universities to use open educational resources instead of textbooks.|
|Florida||Ron DeSantis (R)||DeSantis says he will push for greater prominence for the state's research universities.|
|Hawaii||David Ige * (D)||Ige says he will expand the early college programs. In addition, it is committed to upholding regulations on badual badault in higher education, even if the Department of Education reviews its approach to the problem.|
|Idaho||Brad Little (R)||Little proposes allowing colleges to keep all sales tax collected on their campuses. It also undertakes to improve coordination between primary and secondary education and higher education.|
|Illinois||J. B. Pritzker (D)||Pritzker promises significant increases in state support for student aid, and to create new programs to help students with debts consolidate their loans. He promises to reverse a recent increase in Illinois students leaving the state for higher education through new aid programs.|
|Iowa||Kim Reynolds (R)||Reynolds is committed to improving public schools and STEM education.|
|Kansas||Laura Kelly (d)||Kelly says he will work to restore cuts in state allocations for public higher education|
|Maine||Janet Mills (D)||Mills is committed to focusing on improving mentoring programs to encourage people to go to college and find ways to turn to higher education for those who have completed some college but do not have a degree.|
|Maryland||Larry Hogan * (R)||Hogan is committed to continuing efforts to limit enrollment increases at public universities. He promises to continue a program that allows homeowners to pay off mortgage debt and student debt at the same time.|
|Mbadachusetts||Charlie Baker * (R)||Baker, unlike his opponent, did not pay a tax on the endowments of large universities. It is committed to continue supporting the program that allows students to obtain a university degree for less than $ 30,000 during four years.|
|Michigan||Gretchen Whitmer (D)||Whitmer wants to require every 12th grader to create a "graduate plan" based on professional and educational goals. It is also committed to creating a scholarship program that allows all residents of the state to receive two years of college without debt.|
|Minnesota||Tim Walz (D)||Walz is committed to having the state provide two years of higher education at no cost to families earning less than $ 125,000 per year. Promises to recruit more K-12 minority teachers.|
|Nebraska||Pete Ricketts * (R)||Ricketts is committed to continuing to work on career preparation and training for high school and high school students.|
|Nevada||Steve Sisolak (D)||Sisolak says it will work to reduce student debt.|
|New Hampshire||Chris Sununu * (R)||Sununu points out that he has driven increases in student aid and has supported a robotics education program.|
|New Mexico||Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)||Grisham is committed to developing excellence research centers in public universities. It also says that it will expand and improve job training programs in community colleges.|
|New York||Andrew Cuomo * (D)||Cuomo points out his creation of a plan, promulgated by the Legislature, to provide free education to most families in public schools and universities.|
|Ohio||Mike DeWine (R)||DeWine is committed to requiring that all public colleges and universities maintain flat enrollment levels for each incoming clbad. He also agrees to provide more help to low-income students.|
|Oklahoma||Kevin Stitt (R)||Stitt says he will create a program to use technology to teach Advanced Placement courses to rural high schools. It also promises new efforts to recruit talented teachers.|
|Oregon||Kate Brown * (D)||Brown notes that she has helped add funds for student aid in general, and for those who attend community colleges in particular. She says she will continue to promote job training programs.|
|Pennsylvania||Tom Wolf * (D)||Wolf notes that he restored more than $ 1 billion in education cuts made by his Republican predecessor. It is committed to continue focusing on education in science, technology and mathematics.|
|Rhode Island||Gina Raimondo * (D)||Raimondo points out that she defends a plan, since it was adopted, to provide a free community college. It also undertakes to continue efforts to improve job training opportunities.|
|South Carolina||Henry McMaster * (R)||McMaster says it will boost instruction in computer science in every school in the state.|
|South Dakota||Kristi Noem (R)||Noem says it will push universities to focus on affordability and graduation on time. He also says that he will work to simplify the student aid application process.|
|Tennessee||Bill Lee (R)||Lee says he will improve high schools in rural areas with an emphasis on agricultural and vocational education so that high school graduates are ready to work.|
|Texas||Greg Abbott * (R)||Abbott wants the state to require public universities to grant college credits for edX courses. He says he will push to change more state appropriations that will be provided based on the results. And he is committed to making more community college credits easy to transfer to four-year institutions.|
|Vermont||Phil Scott * (R)||He says he can continue to improve public education without property tax increases.|
|Wisconsin||Tony Evers (D)||Evers is committed to reversing higher education budget cuts and the policies of outgoing Governor Scott Walker.|
|Wyoming||Mark Gordon (R)||Gordon promises to focus education and research on technology, computing, advanced manufacturing and engineering.|