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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February 4, 2016
The Obama administration plans to ask Congress to approve $2 billion in new funding to help communities fund efforts to prevent students from dropping out of high school and to get them into postsecondary education. The competitive grant program would be administered by the Departments of Labor and Education and would be awarded to communities “in required partnership with local education, workforce and community organizations,” the White House said. “The departments would encourage proven approaches, such as work-based learning and internships, and re-engagement centers.”
February 3, 2016
The Texas Republican's record and views put him largely at odds with colleges and universities.
February 2, 2016
Lawmakers and observers alike are skeptical that the Higher Education Act will be renewed this year.
January 28, 2016
Massachusetts for-profit college friends and foes have something to cheer in the federal court decision.
January 21, 2016
The federal government should hold colleges and universities accountable for whether their former students are able to successfully repay their loans, said a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
January 20, 2016
The Republican presidential hopeful wants to gut the federal student loan programs -- and replace them with a federal income-based financing system.
January 19, 2016
A group of national accreditors is seeking to weigh in on the dispute between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools over whether that controversial accrediting organization has to hand over records to the consumer bureau.
January 14, 2016
The Obama administration looks to a former federal consumer protection official -- and frequent critic -- to help improve the federal student loan program.
January 13, 2016
Sexual assault survivors’ groups are criticizing remarks by Senator Bernie Sanders this week in which the Democratic presidential hopeful called for rape accusations to be handled by law enforcement rather than colleges. Calling campus sexual assault an “epidemic,” Sanders said that it shouldn’t matter “whether it takes place on a campus or on a dark street.”
January 12, 2016
Education Department starts negotiations over a new federal debt relief process -- and weighs new possible sanctions for risky colleges.


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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