Michael Stratford

Michael Stratford, Reporter, covers federal policy for Inside Higher Ed. He joined the publication in August 2013 after a stint covering the Arkansas state legislature for The Associated Press. He previously worked and interned at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education. At The Chronicle, he wrote about federal policy and covered higher education issues in the 2012 elections. Michael grew up in Belmont, Mass. and graduated from Cornell University, where he was managing editor of The Cornell Daily Sun.

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January 23, 2014
Association of public universities says Obama ratings system could create "perverse incentives," but supports linking receipt of aid to performance on key metrics.
January 22, 2014
The federal government needs to do a better job of overseeing the companies it hires to service student loans, especially the largest player, a new report says. 
January 21, 2014
The Education Department, citing weather conditions, has canceled its “technical symposium” on the proposed college ratings system that was scheduled for Wednesday, according to an email sent to presenters Tuesday morning. Officials have rescheduled the daylong, public meeting for February 20. 
January 17, 2014
White House meeting focuses on what colleges have done and can do to help low-income students, with lots of praise and little mention of rising prices and ratings.
January 16, 2014
The Obama administration unveils more than 100 commitments from colleges and universities and millions of dollars in philanthropic donations as part of its White House higher education summit. 
January 16, 2014
The U.S. Education Department plans to provide guidance counselors and state agencies with more information about students who are filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, Obama administration officials said Wednesday at the department's so-called "Datapalooza" event. The goal is to boost the rate at which students, especially those from low-income backgrounds, complete the FAFSA.
January 15, 2014
Thursday's meeting is simultaneously a pivot for the Obama administration away from its stalled legislative agenda and a rare chance for White House-level attention for a large group of academic leaders.
January 14, 2014
The California Democrat, who has for decades been a prominent figure in federal higher education policy, says that he will not seek re-election to Congress. 
January 14, 2014
Congressional negotiators reach agreement to boost spending on NIH and student aid, though deal does not restore all of the sequester cuts.
January 13, 2014
What did the general public say when given a chance to weigh in on President Obama's proposed college rating system? Inside Higher Ed finds out.

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