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 10, 2015
Education Department staff recommends sanctions for the accreditor of the state’s two-year colleges.
December 10, 2015
In the Senate, Marco Rubio delved into the weeds of higher education policy. Now he’s taking his reform push out on the campaign trail, where he is the lone GOP candidate talking about higher ed.
December 7, 2015
Three major higher education groups on Friday urged the U.S. Department of Education to allow federally recognized accreditors to evaluate colleges differently based on the colleges’ performance.
December 4, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it has granted the requests for debt forgiveness made by more than 1,300 federal student loan borrowers who attended Heald College, a subsidiary of the now-defunct for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain.
December 4, 2015
The battle between a national accrediting organization overseeing many for-profit colleges and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now making its way through federal court. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, known as ACICS, argued in a court filing late Tuesday that it shouldn’t have to turn over records to the CFPB because the agency lacks jurisdiction over college accreditors.
December 2, 2015
Three Senate Democrats are criticizing the Obama administration for settling a fraud lawsuit against Education Management Corporation last month without forgiving the loans of students who attended the for-profit college chain or holding the company’s executives personally accountable.
December 2, 2015
Congressional negotiators appear to have abandoned plans to attach to a large transportation bill moving through Congress this week a provision that would have helped Education Management Corporation in a dispute with one of its bondholders over the for-profit college’s debt restructuring.
November 30, 2015
The Obama administration loosens part of its ban on the types of bonuses colleges may pay admissions recruiters.
November 23, 2015
Hundreds of colleges on Friday urged congressional leaders to grant a one-year reprieve to the federal Perkins Loan Program, which expired earlier this fall. A group of 53 higher education organizations and 535 colleges and universities called on Congress to advance a stand-alone extension of the Perkins Loan Program or attach it to a government funding bill. Lawmakers are currently negotiating over how to fund the federal government beyond Dec. 11.
November 20, 2015
Two-thirds of college freshmen who applied for federal student loans or grants last year indicated that they were applying to only one institution, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday.


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