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 5, 2014
A new Republican majority in the Senate may help colleges reduce regulatory burden -- but may also portend tough budget battles over funding for student aid and research. 
October 23, 2014
Parents and students with damaged credit histories will have an easier time getting the loans under new regulations. Education Department will publish institution-level PLUS loan default rates. 
October 21, 2014
The number of federal investigations into colleges' handling of sexual assault on their campuses has jumped 50 percent in the past six months, according to government data provided to The Washington Post.
October 21, 2014
Student debt, the Ryan Budget, and the value of the Department of Education are among the higher education issues making their way onto the political airwaves this fall, as Democrats look to hold on to the Senate and keep seats in the House.
October 16, 2014
An annual consumer bureau report criticizes the private student loan industry for not doing enough to help struggling borrowers. 
October 13, 2014
As lawmakers contemplate change to the federal rule that caps for-profit colleges' receipt of student aid to include veterans benefits, analysis shows that many would have trouble complying. 
October 9, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education will be required to make student loan information more accessible both online and in print as part of a settlement.
October 8, 2014
Scores of colleges and universities are taking the Obama administration up on its offer to waive certain federal rules for institutions that want to test out competency-based education and other new models of higher education.
October 8, 2014
The College Republican National Committee this week released a new ad criticizing Democrats’ student loan proposals, which many Democrats have been featuring prominently in their campaigns. The video parodies the ABC television show “Shark Tank,” in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to potential investors.
October 8, 2014
The largest increases in borrowing rates among college graduates have come from the highest-income families, a new analysis of federal data shows. 

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