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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April 11, 2016
Twelve state attorneys general on Friday called on the U.S. Department of Education to deny federal recognition of one of the largest accreditors of for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. The accrediting organization, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, is up for review by the Education Department this June.
April 6, 2016
The Obama administration is proposing new standards that govern how and when college accreditors have to alert the U.S. Department of Education about troubled institutions under the accreditors’ purview.
April 6, 2016
The Democratic front-runner criticizes her rival's college funding plan for relying on states to step up -- which her own plan does, too.
April 5, 2016
After years of criticism from companies it hires to collect student loan payments, the Education Department plans to create a single standardized portal for borrowers to make payments.
March 31, 2016
Federal lawsuit seeks to force the Education Department to provide information about its debt collection practices, including their impact on minority borrowers.
March 28, 2016
Education Department says students who attended dozens of Corinthian-owned campuses across the country are now eligible for federal loan forgiveness.
March 24, 2016
Newly confirmed Education Secretary John B. King Jr. will chastise higher education for inequality and urge colleges and universities to do more for low-income students.
March 23, 2016
After pledging to stop using five debt collectors last year over allegations they misled borrowers, U.S. Education Department gives two of them new business.
March 21, 2016
A U.S. Department of Education rule-making panel on Friday failed to reach agreement on new standards for when federal student loan borrowers can seek debt forgiveness on the grounds that they were misled or defrauded by their 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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