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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May 30, 2014
Senator Claire McCaskill on Thursday stepped up pressure on a top higher education lobbying group to turn over copies of a presentation that advised colleges on how to respond to her survey on campus sexual violence. The Democratic lawmaker sent a letter to the American Council on Education on Thursday that said the group should either provide the webinar materials she previously requested or offer a legal justification for its refusal to hand over the documents.
May 29, 2014
At least one House Republican is seeking to block the Obama administration’s efforts to develop a federal college ratings system.
May 28, 2014
As public comment period ends for the administration's "gainful employment" proposal, for-profit colleges and supporters blast the rules as an overreach; critics of the industry say proposal doesn't go far enough.
May 27, 2014
A group of Congressional Democrats last week introduced a new legislative push to crack down on campus banking products, including student debit cards. Representative George Miller, the top Democrat on the House education committee, and Senator Tom Harkin, the chair of the Senate education committee, along with 63 other Democrats introduced a bill that would ban revenue-sharing agreements between colleges and student debit card providers.
May 23, 2014
A bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers on Thursday called on their colleagues to insert a provision in the upcoming budget that would block the Obama administration’s efforts to more tightly regulate for-profit colleges.
May 22, 2014
The Obama administration has delayed the release of its college ratings system until later this year, according to a blog post published by the Education Department on Wednesday.
May 22, 2014
U. of California president's letter about higher ed accountability sparks confusion over her stance on Obama administration's attempts to regulate for-profit colleges.
May 21, 2014
Education Department is now free to promulgate new rules on campus debit cards and state approval of online programs after a negotiating committee failed to reach agreement on the proposals. 
May 20, 2014
At a roundtable discussion about her efforts to clamp down on campus sexual assault, Senator Claire McCaskill says she's eyeing tougher penalties, mandatory climate surveys and other changes. for headline, maybe 'Senate Warning on Sexual Assault'? dl ** looks good /ms
May 20, 2014
A consumer advocacy group on Monday sued the U.S. Department of Education over the agency’s refusal to release documents showing how the federal government awards bonuses to debt collection companies it hires to recover defaulted student loans.


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