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 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.
January 7, 2016
States worry that a Department of Education plan to curtail their access to data from the federal student aid form will cause headaches for state aid awards.
January 7, 2016
The embattled accrediting organization will now have until January 2017 to resolve the Education Department’s findings that it failed to meet federal standards.
January 5, 2016
U.S. Department of Education officials are more closely monitoring a greater number of colleges and universities over concerns about their management of federal funds, according to newly released government data.
January 5, 2016
A chief architect of the Obama administration’s College Scorecard and its recent executive actions on accreditation reflects on her tenure at the Education Department.
December 18, 2015
Federal panel recommends limiting authority of controversial agency that accredits California's community colleges and giving it little time to resolve federal compliance issues.
December 17, 2015
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday breathed new life into colleges’ efforts to revive the expired federal Perkins Loan Program. Lawmakers passed, on a voice vote, a bipartisan deal that would revive the expired federal loan program for the next two years.
December 17, 2015
Congressional leaders early Wednesday morning unveiled the details of a government spending bill that would boost some student aid and federal research funding. The spending deal would allow the maximum Pell Grant to increase by $140 to $5,915 for the 2016-17 academic year. Funding for the TRIO program would jump by $60 million to $900 million, and the GEAR UP program would receive $322.8 million, a $21 million boost from the current year.
December 16, 2015
Bipartisan agreement would renew the expired loan program for two years -- but with some new eligibility restrictions that concern colleges.


September 10, 2013
Gainful employment rewrite kicks off with rule-making session, but consensus appears unlikely as negotiators are far apart on day one.


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