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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October 8, 2015
House Republicans question endowment spending and executive compensation in what may signal another round of federal scrutiny over tax benefits flowing to wealthiest universities.
October 6, 2015
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Monday criticized efforts to make college “free for everybody,” saying she doesn’t want to give away such benefits to children from wealthy families. “I’m a little different than those who say ‘free for everybody,’” she said during a live appearance on NBC’s Today Show in New Hampshire. “I am not in favor of making college free for Donald Trump’s kids.”
October 2, 2015
Obama administration backs a legislative effort to make it easier for private student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy, a change long sought by consumer and student advocates.
October 1, 2015
The share of students defaulting on their federal loans within three years fell this year, as the Obama administration again made a controversial tweak to the default rates in ways that helped some colleges.
September 30, 2015
A handful of Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced new legislation that would give the U.S. Department of Education greater powers to hold the executives of for-profit colleges accountable for fraud committed by the institutions they run.
September 30, 2015
Armed with a new report outlining student loan servicing problems, the consumer bureau says it's exploring tougher new regulation of the industry.
September 29, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday approved a one-year extension of the federal Perkins Loan program, which is set to expire this week.
September 25, 2015
With just a week before the federal Perkins Loan program is set to expire, a bipartisan effort to extend the program emerged in the U.S. House on Thursday. Representatives Mike Bishop, a Michigan Republican, and Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat, introduced a bill that would allow the Perkins Loan program to continue through next September.
September 24, 2015
Report sheds light on how well aid recipients fare at individual colleges, showing in some cases significant disparities among Pell and non-Pell students within a campus and across similar campuses.
September 23, 2015
Federal regulation of government-funded research at colleges and universities is so burdensome on the institutions that it's diminishing the effectiveness of federal investment in research, a new report published Wednesday says.


Co-Authored Articles

June 1, 2015
Education Department steps up scrutiny of ITT's finances in wake of SEC charges, while two states ban company's eligibility for GI benefits.
November 21, 2014
Half of Corinthian Colleges goes nonprofit, as loan guarantor ECMC will buy 56 Everest and WyoTech campuses. Critics say the purchase doesn't do nearly enough for students or to prevent conflicts of interest.
November 21, 2014
President expands his temporary protected status for "Dreamers" and seeks to expand temporary work authorization program for international graduates of American universities. 
October 31, 2014
Higher education issues -- mostly tuition costs -- are showing up in governors races across the country.
September 25, 2014
The default rate on federal loans edges down as 21 colleges face sanctions for having rates that exceed the legal threshold.
August 19, 2014
The messy failure of Corinthian Colleges raises questions about limitations of the Education Department's oversight of for-profit chains, and how it might tighten as other companies teeter.
May 28, 2014
As public comment period ends for the administration's "gainful employment" proposal, for-profit colleges and supporters blast the rules as an overreach; critics of the industry say proposal doesn't go far enough.
May 7, 2014
Can a for-profit industry beset by growing legal and financial woes fend off the Obama administration's second try at gainful employment rules?
February 7, 2014
Responses to Obama administration's request for comments on proposed rating system reveal schism between public and private colleges, confusion about goals of such a system, and skepticism about its viability.
December 13, 2013
As federal panel weighs fate of agency that withdrew support from City College of San Francisco, lawmakers on Capitol Hill ponder future role for the government in accreditation.


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