Paul Fain

Paul Fain, News Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

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Most Recent Articles

April 18, 2018
Softer tone and focus on job training at ASU+GSV, the glitzy educational technology conference.
April 16, 2018
The Adecco Group, a major temporary-staffing firm based in Switzerland, announced Monday that it will buy General Assembly, the largest skills and coding boot camp provider in the U.S. General Assembly has 20 campuses and trains employees for corporate partners, including IBM and Capital One, and also offers boot camps to low-income students in cooperation with LaGuardia Community College.
April 12, 2018
Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons this week announced that it would eliminate student loans with scholarships for all students who qualify for financial aid. Roughly half of the students who are currently enrolled at the college receive some form of aid.
April 12, 2018
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is hosting a star-studded "summit" on education today in Washington. The event will feature a bipartisan group of speakers, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and at least five of her predecessors. DeVos will join William J. Bennett, Reagan's education secretary, for a discussion on "policy priorities past and present that shape the American education system."
April 12, 2018
California's community college system and the University of California system on Wednesday announced a joint agreement that seeks to increase the number of community college students who transfer to UC campuses, some of which receive very large numbers of applications.
April 6, 2018
A new web tool from the Urban Institute reveals the geographic distribution of student loan debt, with interactive data on debt levels and the share of people who took out student loans at both state and county levels.
April 6, 2018
Education spending for students of color who attend public colleges in the United States trails spending on white students by an average of more than $1,000 per year, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress. Nationwide, the aggregate spending gap is roughly $5 billion per year.
April 6, 2018
As California's community college system develops a plan to create a statewide online community college -- an idea proposed and strongly backed by Jerry Brown, the state's Democratic governor -- a nonprofit group has released an analysis that seeks to identify the "stranded workers" the colle
April 4, 2018
People are much more likely to have positive perceptions about the value and quality of their college experience when they feel their college courses are relevant to their work and daily lives, according to the results of a survey conducted by Strada Education Network and Gallup.
March 29, 2018
Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, repeatedly criticized the academic discipline of philosophy during his campaign to become the GOP's presidential candidate in 2016. "I don't know why we have stigmatized vocational education," Rubio said during one debate. "Welders make more money than philosophers.


April 28, 2017
Indiana institution acquires Kaplan University and its 32,000 students in an unprecedented move to enter online education as many large for-profits continue to slump.
February 7, 2017
Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has family and likely financial connections to The College Fix, a conservative news site that often criticizes liberal bias in higher education.
January 19, 2017
Obama trumpeted importance of college-going and invested in students and institutions like no leader before him -- while demanding much in return and, sometimes, failing big, too.
September 2, 2016
Two Obama administration veterans are now advising Hillary Clinton's campaign, suggesting that as president she would continue aggressive enforcement policies of the current Education Department.
November 21, 2014
Half of Corinthian Colleges goes nonprofit, as loan guarantor ECMC will buy 56 Everest and WyoTech campuses. Critics say the purchase doesn't do nearly enough for students or to prevent conflicts of interest.
September 25, 2014
The default rate on federal loans edges down as 21 colleges face sanctions for having rates that exceed the legal threshold.
August 19, 2014
The messy failure of Corinthian Colleges raises questions about limitations of the Education Department's oversight of for-profit chains, and how it might tighten as other companies teeter.
May 28, 2014
As public comment period ends for the administration's "gainful employment" proposal, for-profit colleges and supporters blast the rules as an overreach; critics of the industry say proposal doesn't go far enough.
May 7, 2014
Can a for-profit industry beset by growing legal and financial woes fend off the Obama administration's second try at gainful employment rules?
December 13, 2013
As federal panel weighs fate of agency that withdrew support from City College of San Francisco, lawmakers on Capitol Hill ponder future role for the government in accreditation.


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