First Presidential Debate Glosses Over Higher Ed

By Hugh T. Ferguson, NASFAA Staff Reporter

The first of three presidential debates for the 2020 campaign kicked off last night and while neither President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden touched on the issue of higher education, the candidates did spar over their records, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, race and the integrity of the election.

For details on the candidates’ higher education policies, be sure to visit NASFAA’s Presidential Cheat Sheet and stay tuned to Today’s News for additional insight into the candidates’ pledges for higher education.

The next nationally televised debate will be the vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democtraic nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), which will be held on October 7 at the University of Utah. Harris, as a senator and previously as California’s attorney general, has been a strong advocate for holding for-profit schools accountable for fraud, and as a presidential candidate released a complex plan to wipe out student loan debt. Pence and his wife Second Lady Karen Pence, who is an educator, have been at the forefront of the administration’s coronavirus task force along with efforts to spearhead national school reopening plans. The final two presidential debates will be held on October 15 and 22.


Publication Date: 9/30/2020

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