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 27, 2015
The for-profit college says it's immediately ending operations at its remaining campuses, interrupting the studies of some 16,000 students and possibly sticking the government with a bill for discharged loans. 
April 22, 2015
CHICAGO -- Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday that he remains open to having his agency cancel the federal student loans of some borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges. “Everything’s on the table,” Duncan said during remarks at the Education Writers Association conference here. 
April 20, 2015
Education Department documents show money spent on college ratings as well as proposals to allow colleges to challenge and publicly annotate their data in the ratings.
April 15, 2015
Judge dismisses lawsuit stemming from U.S. Department of Education's firing of several debt collectors over allegations they misled struggling borrowers.
April 15, 2015
Education Department fines Corinthian Colleges $30 million for misleading students and orders its Heald College campuses to stop enrolling students and wind down operations.
April 10, 2015
As the campaign for debt relief for its students mounts, for-profit Corinthian Colleges tries to pressure California's attorney general to ease her scrutiny as the chain seeks buyers for its campuses in the state.
April 8, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education on Monday clarified that colleges are able to take some active steps to help students avoid excessive loan amounts. Federal law requires that colleges in most cases disburse to students any amount of federal loan they request so long as they are eligible for it.
April 7, 2015
The Obama administration is eyeing a plan that would make it easier for community colleges to appeal high loan default rates because relatively few of their students take out loans.
April 6, 2015
The remaining colleges -- most of which have been singled out for scrutiny over "severe" audit findings -- are mostly for-profit colleges and beauty schools. 
April 2, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education plans to release on Friday the names of the nearly two dozen colleges it had redacted from the list of colleges it is watching more closely.

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