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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July 3, 2014
The senior Department of Education official overseeing the development of the Obama administration’s college ratings system confirmed on Wednesday that the department was on track to publish a draft proposal by this fall. Another department official earlier this week had cast doubt on that timeline during remarks at a financial aid administrators’ conference, suggesting that it might not get done by the end of this year, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
July 2, 2014
Federal and state regulators fine bank over Higher One's misleading and deceptive practices. The action comes as lawmakers and Education Department consider new rules on campus financial products.
July 1, 2014
Education Department updates its list of the most and least expensive colleges in the country -- a requirement of the Higher Education Act that some would like to see eliminated. 
June 27, 2014
A heated Congressional exchange raises the question: does the U.S. government need more power to hold colleges accountable for handling sexual assault cases, or has it already overstepped its authority?
June 27, 2014
House Republicans on Thursday released a package of three bills that kick off their step-by-step approach to rewriting the Higher Education Act.
June 26, 2014
Senator Tom Harkin, the Democrat who chairs the Senate education committee, on Wednesday released his plan to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
June 26, 2014
The Obama administration is delaying its plan to develop a controversial rule that would require online programs to obtain approval from each and every state in which they enroll students, a top Education Department official said Wednesday. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell said that the administration would not develop a new “state authorization” regulation for distance education programs before its November 1 deadline.
June 26, 2014
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation that will overhaul federal job training programs and funding for vocational education.
June 25, 2014
Education Department apologizes after image it posted on Twitter -- designed to encourage FAFSA completion -- angered many.
June 25, 2014
As House Republicans and a senior Senate Democrat release their plans for renewing the Higher Education Act, divisions set the stage for a partisan battle in the coming months. 

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