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

November 14, 2018
The Education Design Lab this week announced a design challenge for community colleges to improve student success outcomes for learners who are single mothers by 30 percent by 2024. With financial backing from the ECMC Foundation, the nonprofit lab is calling for proposals for the two-year challenge, which will be followed by four years of evaluation.
November 14, 2018
More Pell Grant recipients attended community colleges last summer, survey finds, after the federal government reinstated eligibility for year-round grants.
November 12, 2018
Public university group brings together 130 universities and systems in 16 "clusters" that will seek to improve student access and completion while curbing equity gaps.
November 9, 2018
Laureate Education is considering a possible transaction involving its Walden University, according to a corporate filing the global higher education company released Thursday. "We have had exploratory conversations with third parties regarding possible alternative transactions involving Walden," Laureate said.
November 6, 2018
College students increasingly are being diagnosed and treated for mental health issues, according to a new study published by the American Psychiatric Association.
October 30, 2018
Professors are most likely to serve as mentors to undergraduate students, according to the results of a new survey, which found that 64 percent of recent graduates who reported having a mentor during college said their mentor was a professor. The next most common category was a college staff member.
October 22, 2018
Families spent an average of $26,458 on an undergraduate education during the most recently completed academic year, according the latest results of a survey Sallie Mae, the large student lender, has conducted since 2008.
October 22, 2018
Pacific Standard last week published an article that was adapted from a forthcoming book by Joshua Hunt, a journalist, on the influence Nike has wielded over the University of Oregon.
October 18, 2018
A new report from the Urban Institute used federal data to analyze the "mix-match" between the share of residents with four-year degrees (or some college) and the share of jobs requiring college educations in 387 metropolitan areas. The institute found that mix-matches are common, and that this challenge is unlikely to change soon.
October 17, 2018
The bachelor's degree remains by far the best ticket to a well-paying job, according to new research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which defines "good jobs" as ones that pay at least $35,000 -- and an average of $56,000 for workers with less than a bachelor's degree.


August 22, 2018
A Q&A with Ryan Craig, investor and author of a new book about the changing landscape for education and training credentials and the implications for traditional higher education.
August 9, 2018
A Q&A with Paul Freedman, who, unlike some of his ed-tech peers, focuses on nurturing companies that will extend the reach of traditional institutions, not compete with them.
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.


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