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Why Obama May Be Good News for Christian Higher Education

College administrators and observers say Bush administration tinkered too much. But some worry that new antidiscrimination laws loom.

Leaders in Christian higher education could be in for an easier time under Barack Obama's administration than they had under George Bush.

Under Bush's administration, the federal government became increasingly involved in accreditation for higher education, said Paul Corts, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Corts and others in Christian higher education are hopeful that the Obama administration will back off from further involvement.

"Historically, you think Republicans are less intrusive on rules and regulations and stingier on money; Democrats usually are more liberal on money but want to be much more regulatory," Corts said. "We'll see. Obama keeps talking about change and a new day and he's trying to do things a lot differently, so maybe we won't find what everybody expects."

The nomination of Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan as Obama's secretary of education leaves many higher education predictions unanswered because of his K-12 focus, but those ...

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