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 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.”
November 11, 2015
Senator Marco Rubio stood out during Tuesday’s Republican debate as the only candidate to raise higher education as an issue. The Florida senator criticized an “outdated” higher education system. “It is too expensive, too hard to access, and it doesn't teach 21st-century skills,” he said. On the campaign trail, Rubio has similarly been critical of traditional higher education.
November 6, 2015
Lawmakers are looking at how accreditors judge the quality and financial stability of colleges.
November 6, 2015
Obama administration announces modest executive actions aimed at forcing accreditors to focus more on student outcomes -- and urges Congress to impose more sweeping changes.
November 4, 2015
Companies hired by the U.S. Department of Education to collect federal student loan payments made “deceptive” statements to borrowers, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
November 3, 2015
In the final months of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, one of her advisors drafted ideas for how she could create a public policy school, newly released emails show.
November 3, 2015
Despite the expansion of higher education tax benefits in recent years, a large share of undergraduate students still are not eligible to receive them, according to a new study by the New America think tank. The study finds that about 40 percent of undergraduate students are not eligible for any tuition tax benefit or otherwise do not file taxes. That's because financial aid covers tuition and fee expenses for many of those students, meaning that they don't have any out-of-pocket tuition expenses for which they can claim a tax benefit such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit.
October 30, 2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday filed suit against a student financial aid company that it accused of running a nationwide scam.
October 29, 2015
A federal judge this week ruled that Corinthian Colleges engaged in “unfair” and “deceptive” practices in its private student lending program and ordered the company to pay more than $500 million in restitution to students.
October 29, 2015
The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday suggested that college accrediting agencies may fall within the bureau’s jurisdiction.


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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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