Most attention was fixed on the presidential and congressional elections on Nov. 4, but issues closer to home also figured large in Tuesday's voting. Fifteen higher education ballot measures were at stake, as the Democrats' congressional majority grew and Sen. Barack Obama swept to victory pledging college-tuition reform.

Many states' propositions would bring much-needed funds to higher education during the country's economic downturn, and most passed with comfortable majorities. Other ballot initiatives had major social implications. A Nebraska measure that will prohibit public colleges and universities from using affirmative action programs was approved by 58 percent of voters. A similar affirmative


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