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 9, 2014
A new survey has found that male students outperformed their female counterparts on financial literacy aptitude questions but reported behavior that was less financially responsible overall.  The results of the survey of 65,000 first-year students at four-year institutions were released in a report on Tuesday. The report, which was funded by Ever Fi and Higher One, calls for more robust financial literacy education programs. 
April 8, 2014
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representative on Wednesday unveiled their response to the Republican 2015 fiscal year budget released last week by Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
April 8, 2014
The Obama administration unveils a new program aimed at making it easier for students to reap academic credit for completion of apprenticeships. 
April 3, 2014
Three Congressional lawmakers are pushing for a new federal committee that would coordinate the government’s oversight of for-profit colleges. Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Tom Harkin of Iowa, both Democrats, plan to introduce legislation Thursday that would create a committee comprising representatives from nine federal agencies that oversee for-profit colleges.
April 3, 2014
For first time, the Education Department has released default rate data about the program, as debate continues about how strict eligibility requirements should be. 
April 2, 2014
House Republicans unveil their 2015 budget proposal, which calls for a 10-year freeze on the maximum Pell Grant and would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. 
April 2, 2014
A rule making panel reached unanimous agreement on a proposed update to Clery Act regulations. Under the plan, colleges would have to expand crime reporting and provide sex assault prevention programs. 
March 28, 2014
Several Senate Democrats had pointed questions for the Education Department over how it oversees the companies that manage student-loan borrowers’ payments.
March 26, 2014
State regulators are concerned that the Education Department's new proposal will impose substantial new burdens on their offices.
March 25, 2014
New snapshot shows that borrowers are taking out more loans to pay for their advanced degrees across a range of disciplines.


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