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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September 3, 2015
Colleges fight to save an expiring federal loan program that some key congressional Republicans are eyeing for elimination.
September 2, 2015
Michigan State University mishandled multiple cases of sexual assault and harassment, in violation of federal law, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights said on Tuesday. Federal investigators found that the university did not promptly investigate student complaints and its policies and procedures did not comply with the federal antidiscrimination law known as Title IX.
September 2, 2015
On the campaign trail Hillary Clinton has been critical of for-profit colleges and has called for tougher regulation of the sector. During her first year as secretary of state, however, Clinton pushed for the inclusion of a large for-profit education company at a higher education policy dinner hosted at the U.S. Department of State.
September 1, 2015
More than 200 university presidents and chancellors on Monday urged the Obama administration to incorporate voluntary, institution-submitted data on student completion rates into its forthcoming consumer information tool. 
August 31, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education should largely keep its current model for student loan servicing, but officials should set higher and more consistent standards for the companies they hire to do that work, according to recommendations issued Friday by an interagency task force. The recommendations will inform the Education Department’s new contract with loan servicers that it expects to sign at some point next year.
August 27, 2015
Corinthian's court-approved liquidation plan will provide $4.3 million for former students, which they will use to press U.S. to grant more sweeping discharges for students of the defunct for-profit chain.
August 27, 2015
Nearly all the Democratic presidential hopefuls are pitching new federal college affordability programs -- how do they differ?
August 21, 2015
Hillary Clinton on Thursday said she wanted to boost the number of AmeriCorps members and significantly expand the educational benefits associated with the program.
August 21, 2015
The number of federal student loan borrowers enrolling in income-based repayment options grew by more than half over the past year, the Education Department said on Thursday. As of June, nearly 3.9 million federal direct loan borrowers were enrolled in the plans, which the Obama administration has expanded and heavily promoted. That’s a 56 percent jump from last June.
August 20, 2015
Obama administration plans to clarify when defrauded student loan borrowers can have their loans forgiven -- and give the Education Department new tools to go after colleges.


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