Reviewing Obama’s Higher Education Legacy

For eight years as president, Barack Obama showed an unusual interest in reforming higher education when compared with any other U.S. president in history. Most concerned themselves with primary and secondary education. The only possible exception is Abraham Lincoln, under whose administration the land grant university system was created.

One reason for his interest in higher education may be because Obama himself once taught at the law school of the University of Chicago. Another may be that, in retrospect, Obama has always been a great admirer of Lincoln, mirroring his stances on many issues.

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