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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June 17, 2014
A panel the Aspen Institute convened on Internet learning released its recommendations Tuesday. The group, which included Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, considered ways to ensure that online learning is both innovative and safe, for students of all income levels. The final report calls a focus on all the ways students learn, including from museums, libraries, after-school programs and at home.
June 16, 2014
An independent panel on Friday instructed City College of San Francisco's accreditor, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, to reconsider its decision last year to terminate the college's accreditation. The commission appointed a five-member panel to rule on the college's appeal of the termination decision.
June 13, 2014
Experiments with adaptive learning spread, particularly at large for-profits, as technology takes a wide range of sometimes overlapping forms.
June 12, 2014
City College of San Francisco's accreditor blinks amid intense political pressure, giving the college a path to a two-year extension to attempt to retain its accreditation.
June 9, 2014
The University of Southern California's Pullias Center for Higher Education on Friday released a proposed research agenda on the for-profit sector. The five-page document grew out of a meeting the center hosted in April.
June 6, 2014
The governing board of the Technical College System of Georgia on Thursday voted to approve the proposed merger between Moultrie Technical College and Southwest Georgia Technical College. The system has used mergers in an attempt to save money and be more efficient. The Moultrie and Southwest consolidation is due to be completed next year. It will reduce the number of colleges in the system to 22, down from 33 in 2009, when the mergers began.
May 30, 2014
As the clock ticks down on City College of San Francisco, powerful politicians weigh in and threaten to shut down an accrediting commission.
May 29, 2014
The Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE) today announced plans to spin off a learning-analytics project as a separate nonprofit group. The commission formed the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework in 2011 as a collaboration between six online institutions, which shared data about student learning. Since then the work has broadened to include on-ground and competency-based institutions.
May 27, 2014
Gainful employment will leave fewer options for underserved students, finds a study the for-profit industry commissioned. It also gives hints about a possible legal challenge.

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