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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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
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 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 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.
October 12, 2018
A new report from California Competes found that four million Californians between the ages of 25 and 64 completed some college courses but do not hold a degree. "Facing limited opportunities for economic and social mobility in a state increasingly dependent on highly skilled workers, these four million adults are key to closing California’s projected gap of more than two million degrees and credentials by 2025," according to the report.
October 9, 2018
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, an embattled national accrediting agency, has sanctioned Niels Brock, a Danish business college, over concerns that the college lacks approval from the Danish government to issue bachelor's degrees.
October 9, 2018
Sinking demand for graduate business programs in the U.S., particularly from international applicants, is limiting revenue in a historically profitable area, according to Moody's, the credit rating service.
October 8, 2018
State performance-funding policies that link a relatively high percentage of base funding for community colleges to student outcomes on average lead to more short-term certificate (instructional time of a year or less) completions and fewer associate-degree completions, according to a new study. These results suggest potentially damaging consequences for students, because short-term certificates tend to lead to negative or minimal wage gains, while associate degrees offer substantial wage gains.
October 1, 2018
Trump administration recommends restoring the controversial accreditor of many for-profits, citing a federal court ruling. Meanwhile, ACICS faces questions about its approval of a Danish business school's degree programs.

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