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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March 5, 2013
Western Governors U. and others continue to expand competency-based education amid excitement (and confusion) about President Obama's praise of the approach.
March 4, 2013
Higher education's most powerful association throws its weight behind "disruptions" to the industry. Can the establishment help lead the revolution?
March 1, 2013
Bridgepoint Education Inc. announced Thursday that its Ashford University has been placed "on notice" by the for-profit college's regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
February 27, 2013
High school achievement tests are good predictors of performance for students at California's community colleges, but study also finds troubling achievement gaps.
February 27, 2013
A task force convened by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, which is the primary trade group of the for-profit sector, today issued a report on how colleges can better serve students who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military. The recommended "best practices" touch on career services, pedagogy and student recruitment.
February 27, 2013
The University of Maryland University College on Tuesday announced a partnership with Walgreens that features a 25 percent discount on out-of-state tuition for all employees of the drug-store chain, as well as for their spouses and dependents. The university is also waiving application fees for Walgreens' employees. The company last week announced its Walgreens University, through which employees will have access to several higher education providers.
February 26, 2013
For-profit university's accreditation troubles deepen with probation recommendation based on alleged lack of autonomy from its corporate parent.
February 26, 2013
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center today released a state-by-state rundown of graduation data, which is based on a broad sample representing about 97 percent of students who attend public and private nonprofit institutions. The report is a companion to a national completion data study the group released last fall.
February 20, 2013
New data from the U.S. Department of Education show that students at 82 percent of high schools in the United States are enrolled in dual credit courses. The report, which is based on 2010-11 and comes from the department's National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, also found that 69 percent of high schools reported enrollments in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
February 20, 2013
A community college tries to boost its completion rate, but takes a 20 percent enrollment hit in the process.

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