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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November 23, 2015
Hundreds of colleges on Friday urged congressional leaders to grant a one-year reprieve to the federal Perkins Loan Program, which expired earlier this fall. A group of 53 higher education organizations and 535 colleges and universities called on Congress to advance a stand-alone extension of the Perkins Loan Program or attach it to a government funding bill. Lawmakers are currently negotiating over how to fund the federal government beyond Dec. 11.
November 20, 2015
Two-thirds of college freshmen who applied for federal student loans or grants last year indicated that they were applying to only one institution, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday.
November 19, 2015
Lawmakers, government watchdogs question whether the Office of Federal Student Aid is up to the task of running the nation’s $1.2 trillion student loan system.
November 18, 2015
The Education Department says additional campuses at the defunct for-profit chain exaggerated job placement rates, making another 85,000 students eligible for debt relief.
November 17, 2015
U.S. Department of Education officials have determined that a slew of additional campuses owned by Corinthian Colleges misrepresented job placement rates, a finding that could help some 85,000 former students have their federal loans canceled.  The department announced Tuesday that hundreds of programs at the now-defunct for-profit chain's Everest and Wyotech campuses in California misled students about their job prospects after graduation. Officials also said they found misrepresentation at Everest University online programs based in Florida.
November 17, 2015
The top Democrat on a Senate investigatory panel is calling on Congress’s investigative arm to look into how the U.S. Department of Education oversees colleges and universities.
November 17, 2015
Obama administration and state attorneys general settle cases against EDMC. Could these be a blueprint for others?
November 17, 2015
The Education Department says it's going to get tougher with college accreditors. But are those federally recognized watchdogs too big to fail?
November 16, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced a $95.5 million settlement with the Education Management Corporation to resolve allegations that it defrauded the government. The Huffington Post reported on the settlement over the weekend.
November 12, 2015
Ben Carson, a Republican presidential hopeful, on Wednesday blasted Democrats’ various plans for debt-free or tuition-free college, saying they would hasten “the destruction of the nation.” Speaking at Liberty University, Carson warned against the dangers of uninformed voters who would believe “propaganda” from “unscrupulous politicians and news media.”


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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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