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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January 16, 2015
NEH launches initiative to promote research focused on the public good. The effort comes before what may be a contentious budget battle with the new Congress.
January 15, 2015
Feds eye new guidance for colleges that want to enter into agreements with financial institutions to offer banking products on campus.
January 13, 2015
More than one-third of research university group's members won't participate in its study of campus climate related to sexual assault. 
January 12, 2015
Bipartisanship is on display as President Obama announces free community college plan in Tennessee, but proposal likely faces tough odds in Congress.
January 8, 2015
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was formally elected Wednesday morning to his post as chair of the Senate education committee in the new Congress. And he quickly made clear what his top higher education priority would be for the coming year: student aid simplification.
January 8, 2015
As Republicans take control of Congress, an early priority is to redefine a full-time work under the health care law from 30 to 40 hours -- a change colleges support but adjuncts oppose. 
January 5, 2015
Higher education groups take issue with how the federal Education Department estimated the cost to colleges of its proposed regulation.
December 23, 2014
A Congressional watchdog asserts that accrediting agencies have not been more likely to sanction colleges with poor student outcomes than they are higher-performing institutions -- though report's own data are mixed on that question. 
December 19, 2014
With draft "framework" of its college ratings plan, the Education Department offers a glimpse into its planning -- but provides far fewer details than many expected.
December 19, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education is soliciting nominations for its rulemaking panel that will convene next year to carry out President Obama's directive to make an additional 5 million loan borrowers eligible for federal government’s most generous income-based repayment program.

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