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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December 4, 2014
White House again convenes hundreds of college leaders for a summit on low-income students. This time around administration broadens guest list -- and throws in tickets to National Christmas Tree lighting. 
December 3, 2014
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, speaking at Yale University forum on Tuesday, criticized that institution for how it has addressed sexual assault cases.  Responding to a question about how students should organize to fight racial, economic, and sexual inequalities, Carter said that Yale was one of several institutions that "has been identified by the Department of Education as being a problem" with regard to sexual assault cases. 
December 2, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education plans to explore new approaches to how it services federal student loans, a top official said Monday.  Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell, addressing a Federal Student Aid conference in Atlanta, suggested that the government may move away from its current system -- or at least elements of it -- of contracting with four companies to manage payments for the bulk of its federal student loan portfolio.
November 26, 2014
Obama administration's proposed regulation would cut off TEACH Grant eligibility to poorly performing programs at colleges and universities.
November 21, 2014
President expands his temporary protected status for "Dreamers" and seeks to expand temporary work authorization program for international graduates of American universities. 
November 21, 2014
Among the new provisions in the retiring Democrat's final proposal to rewrite the Higher Education Act are a student unit record system and incentives for colleges to graduate more Pell Grant recipients. 
November 20, 2014
U.S. Representative John Kline of Minnesota, the Republican who leads the House education committee, will keep that post in the next Congress. As was expected, Kline's Republican colleagues voted Wednesday to officially name him as the committee's chair for the next two years. Kline said in a statement that "strengthening higher education" was among the "national priorities that will remain at the forefront of the committee's agenda."
November 19, 2014
The top Democrats on the U.S. Senate and House education committees hit the Obama administration over decision to lower some colleges' default rates, allowing them to avoid sanctions.
November 19, 2014
U.S. Representative Rush D. Holt, a former physicist and strong supporter of federal funding of scientific research, will be the next head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the group announced Tuesday. Holt, a Democrat who represents central New Jersey, is leaving Congress this year at the end of his eighth term. He will start as chief executive officer of the AAAS in February.
November 19, 2014
Amid growing pressure on colleges to conduct campus climate surveys, a group of research universities says it will voluntarily implement the tool, which is aimed at gauging attitudes toward sexual violence on campus. 

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