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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July 24, 2015
The federal panel charged with advising the U.S. Department of Education on accreditation is calling on policy makers to give it the final authority to decide which accrediting agencies deserve the federal government's recognition. The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity currently only makes recommendations to the education secretary about whether an accreditor meets the federal standards to be a gatekeeper of federal funds. The secretary then gets to make the final call.
July 23, 2015
The Obama administration’s new college comparison website, which it’s now developing in lieu of college ratings, should include information about colleges facing investigations or lawsuits from state or federal authorities, a coalition of consumer and student advocates said Wednesday.
July 23, 2015
Discover Bank agrees to pay $18.5 million in consumer refunds and penalties to resolve charges of illegal loan servicing, as U.S. consumer protection bureau eyes a broader crackdown on an industry it says is rife with problems.
July 21, 2015
On social media and in person, student activists zero in on financial aid administrators' annual conference.
July 17, 2015
Guaranty agency sues U.S. over a prohibition on borrower fees -- the latest fight between Obama administration and parts of the lending industry it sidelined from federal student loan program in late 2000s.
July 14, 2015
The total number of colleges that U.S. Department of Education regulators are more closely monitoring because of concerns about their ability to handle federal funds ticked downward slightly last month, recently released data show. The Education Department has updated its list of colleges facing extra scrutiny known as heightened cash monitoring. The new list shows that, as of June 1, 413 institutions were on the lower tier of cash monitoring, and 70 institutions were on the more restrictive level.
July 13, 2015
After criticism from some black college leaders, the legislation for Obama's free community college proposal includes a new grant program aimed at HBCUs and minority-serving institutions.
July 9, 2015
The foundation's first higher education policy proposal aims to simplify the financial aid process for students while satisfying college and state concerns about getting rid of too much information.
July 8, 2015
Education Department issues new guidance on when guaranty agencies should oppose borrowers pursuing loan discharge in bankruptcy court; consumer advocates say it will provide little help.
June 19, 2015
Who is pushing which ideas -- and why.


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