Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Senior Reporter, 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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July 2, 2014
States have chaotic lack of consistency in how they track college remediation, according to the Education Commission of the States, which seeks national standards.
July 1, 2014
(Note: A spokeswoman for the Education Department said Tuesday morning that the deadline remains in place and that the plan is due today.) The U.S. Department of Education apparently has revised its July 1 deadline to reach an agreement with Corinthian Colleges on a plan to sell or close the for-profit chain's 107 campuses and online programs.
June 30, 2014
Corinthian Colleges and the feds have a day to decide how to dismantle the huge for-profit, with the fate of students, employees and $1.2 billion in loans hanging in the balance.
June 27, 2014
As colleges turn to vendors for help on retention services, one company offers a way to give positive feedback to students.
June 27, 2014
Eleven Democratic Senators joined Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois in calling on the U.S. Department of Education to freeze new enrollments at Corinthian Colleges' 107 campuses. The for-profit chain is currently negotiating a plan to teach out or sell its Heald College, Everest and WyoTech brands.
June 27, 2014
The California State Auditor on Thursday issued a scathing report on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the regional accreditor that has come under fire for its handling of the City College of San Francisco crisis.
June 26, 2014
The Education Department improvised in helping to shut down Corinthian Colleges, raising questions about a similar approach with other large for-profits.
June 24, 2014
Corinthian Colleges and the Education Department strike a deal to keep the for-profit chain afloat long enough to sell or "teach out" its 107 campuses.
June 23, 2014
Corinthian Colleges announced on Monday that it had reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education that is designed to keep the for-profit chain afloat long enough to sell off and shutter its campuses in an orderly fashion.
June 23, 2014
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat, last week introduced a bill that would seek to encourage four-year institutions to identify transfer students who have earned enough credits for an associate degree but never received one. Through this process, which is dubbed "reverse transfer," students at four-year institutions can earn associate degrees they failed to receive before transferring. The bill would encourage reverse transfer by creating competitive grants for states.

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April 5, 2012
City Colleges of Chicago and union representing adult education instructors agree to bonus pay based on student performance.

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