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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September 22, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether ITT Educational Services defrauded the federal government, the company disclosed Monday. ITT told investors that it had received a formal demand for information from the Justice Department, which is looking into whether the for-profit education giant violated the False Claims Act.
September 22, 2015
Federal agency says the University of Virginia -- a focal point in the debate over campus sexual assault -- responded inadequately to reports of sexual misconduct, including some involving fraternities, and faulted a dean's public comments.
September 14, 2015
"Prior-prior year" and ability to apply months earlier than in the past are seen as ways to simplify the process.
September 14, 2015
The Obama administration releases its revamped consumer tool -- in lieu of a college ratings system -- featuring data on postcollege earnings and how well students are repaying their loans.
September 11, 2015
Analysis says default problems in higher ed are largely due to surge in borrowing in that sector, with community colleges also playing a role.
September 9, 2015
Lumina-funded policy brief calls for separate rewards and penalties for colleges and universities based on the student outcomes of Pell Grant and loan recipients compared to their peers. 
September 4, 2015
Representative John Kline, the Minnesota Republican who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee, announced Thursday that he won’t seek re-election next year.
September 3, 2015
Colleges fight to save an expiring federal loan program that some key congressional Republicans are eyeing for elimination.
September 2, 2015
On the campaign trail Hillary Clinton has been critical of for-profit colleges and has called for tougher regulation of the sector. During her first year as secretary of state, however, Clinton pushed for the inclusion of a large for-profit education company at a higher education policy dinner hosted at the U.S. Department of State.
September 2, 2015
Michigan State University mishandled multiple cases of sexual assault and harassment, in violation of federal law, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights said on Tuesday. Federal investigators found that the university did not promptly investigate student complaints and its policies and procedures did not comply with the federal antidiscrimination law known as Title IX.


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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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