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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January 21, 2019
Florida's Board of Health in the last two years has suspended licenses to work for roughly 100 health-care employees, including nurses, nursing assistants and pharmacists, because the workers had defaulted on their student loans, according to a report by WFTS, an ABC television affiliate in Tampa Bay.
January 18, 2019
John Gauger, Liberty University's chief information officer, worked on a project a few years ago to manipulate two online polls by news sites at the behest of Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime fixer and personal lawyer, The Wall Street Journal reported. Gauger took on the $50,000 side gig for his digital marketing company, Redfinch Solutions.
January 17, 2019
The relationship between student loan debt and home ownership is complex, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve. Previous reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have found mixed evidence of the impact of student loan debt on the likelihood of whether the borrower will buy a home.
January 16, 2019
Fully online programs widen achievement gaps and often are unaffordable, says report seeking to discourage politicians from pulling back on federal policy protections.
January 15, 2019
Career Education Colleges and Universities on Tuesday released results from a survey the for-profit college trade group conducted with Gallup, the polling organization, of the alumni satisfaction of 3,203 graduates of nine of CECU's member campuses. The sample sought to be a cross section of the size, region and sector reflected across the group's roughly 500 member campuses.
January 14, 2019
Veterans of the U.S. military tend to be underrepresented at the nation's selective four-year institutions and overrepresented at community colleges and for-profit institutions, according to a new report from Ithaka S+R.
January 11, 2019
California's newly inaugurated governor, Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, on Thursday unveiled his first budget proposal, which included a broad set of planned funding increases for higher education.
January 9, 2019
A newly released analysis of federal data found that student debt levels increased most among affluent students in the four years before 2016. One reason, according to the report from the Manhattan Institute, is that wealthy students tend to choose pricey colleges.
January 8, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education on Monday released a list of negotiators for a multipart rule-making session on accreditation, innovation and other higher education topics that is set to begin later this month.
January 8, 2019
The National University System has completed the purchase of Northcentral University, a for-profit institution with a focus on online graduate programs.

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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.
October 10, 2013
Laureate Education has quietly become an 800,000-student behemoth and a major player in global higher education. So what is the company, exactly?
September 10, 2013
Gainful employment rewrite kicks off with rule-making session, but consensus appears unlikely as negotiators are far apart on day one.
August 26, 2013
President, in direct remarks on the sector, notes concerns that some institutions "make out like a bandit," but calls for more scrutiny of colleges across the board.
March 13, 2013
California lawmaker wants MOOCs and other online providers to help meet student demand, and will encourage -- and some fear force -- public colleges to accept those credits.
November 8, 2012
California higher education leaders see Tuesday’s election results as a potential boon for the state’s colleges and universities, but major financial problems could still complicate the systems’ recoveries.
May 15, 2012
California's governor lays out deep "trigger cuts" to higher education if a tax hike fails in November. But business leaders and one faculty union appear unlikely to back the tax plan.
April 17, 2012
The Bidens' tax return had non-tenure track instructors wondering how one of their own could be earning $82,000 a year, but it turns out Jill Biden has become an associate professor.

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