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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March 20, 2019
Arizona State University is creating a for-profit spin-off that will seek to attract large employer partners for its online education programs, according to a report in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
March 20, 2019
Many state grant aid programs use data from the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid. And those programs often feature fixed application deadlines or distribute aid on a first-come, first-served basis. As a result, if students file earlier, they may be more likely to access state aid.
March 19, 2019
Financial firm rolls out $350 million for career education programs in high-demand fields, following a previous $250 million in similar grants.
March 12, 2019
A new paper from the Manhattan Institute looks at the small but growing number of income-share agreements in higher education, which give students the option of using some of their postgraduate income to help pay for college. The ISA model "transfers risk from the student to the investor," the paper said, noting that under the agreements the average student repays less than they would under a traditional student loan.
March 12, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking to make more than a million more workers eligible for overtime by increasing the mandatory salary threshold from $455 to $679 per week ($23,660 to $35,308).
March 11, 2019
A new coalition of leaders from 18 education organizations, dubbed Level Up, is seeking to alleviate the "stubborn misalignment between K-12 and higher education that too often derails U.S. students from earning a postsecondary degree or credential and becoming economically self-sufficient." The group wants to measurably increase numbers of high school students, particularly from underrepresented groups, who are prepared for and successfully complete postsecondary education and training programs.
March 11, 2019
The education committee of the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives this week will begin a series of five hearings on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, the law that governs federal financial aid.
March 7, 2019
White House may be planning executive actions on program-level outcomes data and student loan risk sharing, as well as on free speech, perhaps around the release of its proposed budget next week.
March 1, 2019
A group of 11 large research universities that collaborate on increasing low-income student degree production, dubbed the University Innovation Alliance, announced this week that it is adding undergraduate career readiness for at-risk students to the college completion push. With initial funding of $2.4 million from the Strada Education Network, the alliance will map processes on each campus and identify where students are encountering roadblocks as they move from college to careers. Career services professionals will lead the project.
February 28, 2019
An essential resource for institutions looking to tackle diversity and faculty representation issues. Higher education has a diversity problem. While colleges and universities have hired more African American, Hispanic and Asian American faculty members than in the past, percentages of historically underrepresented groups among full-time faculty have not changed much over the last 20 years, even as diversifying the academy has become a top goal across higher education. Many of the graduate programs that are educating the future professoriate are not much more diverse than the faculties are. And while colleges have made big strides in the diversity of undergraduate student bodies, the professoriate has lagged. Amid broad demographic change in our country, and at a time when racial, gender and social inequities are front and center, colleges increasingly cannot afford to ignore diversity. This in-depth report includes insight from experts on the cutting edge of diversity work. It offers ideas and models for institutions that are looking at faculty representation and know they need to do more. Inside Higher Ed’s new special report, Diversifying Graduate Schools and the Faculty, is available now. Download a free preview of the report.


January 7, 2019
The Education Department's proposals for upcoming negotiated rule-making process would narrow the responsibilities of accreditors and modify federal definitions for credit hour and distance education.
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.


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