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 19, 2014
The Education Department faced a big challenge in creating a ratings system, with a timeline that kept slipping as critics happily filled the void.
December 18, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education will release a much-anticipated outline of its college ratings system on Friday, according to several sources familiar with the department's plans. Department officials have indicated to a handful of college leaders and higher education associations that they will publish Friday a draft framework that includes the metrics on which colleges would be rated by the federal government.   
December 18, 2014
As it wrapped up its final hours in session this week, the U.S. Senate confirmed a new top lawyer at the Education Department while failing to approve a nominee for a key higher education post.   Lawmakers late Tuesday night approved on a voice vote the nomination of James Cole Jr. as the department’s general counsel. Cole is currently the deputy general counsel at the Department of Transportation.
December 16, 2014
The number of colleges that partner with financial institutions to offer credit cards has dropped by nearly 70 percent since 2009, according to new data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The consumer bureau on Monday released its annual report disclosing which colleges have arrangements with credit card providers to offer their products on campuses or to other university-affiliated groups.
December 15, 2014
A federal audit of the U.S. Department of Education’s student loan programs concludes that the agency is without a “comprehensive plan or strategy to prevent student loan defaults.”
December 12, 2014
The consumer bureau shut down one company and sued another over what it said were predatory practices amounting to a "scam." The feds say the companies tricked borrowers into buying services they could have received free. 
December 12, 2014
The federal panel tasked with advising the U.S. Department of Education on accreditation issues on Thursday released a draft set of recommendations for changing accreditation during reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A federal advisory committee on Thursday recommended that the U.S. Department of Education extend for only six months its recognition of the accreditor for veterinary schools and require the agency to prove that it is following federal standards.
December 10, 2014
Compromise would modestly fund student aid programs and scientific research. It would also restore the “ability to benefit” program. 
December 9, 2014
Obama administration clarifies that young people in juvenile detention facilities are eligible for Pell Grants, a move that advocates say will help ease offenders' transition out of the the criminal justice system. 

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