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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February 4, 2013
New batch of free, online courses geared to credit-bearing exams could be the fastest, most affordable way to earn college credit.
January 30, 2013
Associate degrees pay off for both students and taxpayers, report finds, but state funding of community colleges still lags.
January 29, 2013
Sliding enrollments at for-profit colleges mean less work for adjuncts who teach online. And these faculty cutbacks happen quietly, and sometimes without much warning.
January 29, 2013
The new chancellor of California's community colleges, Brice W. Harris, has written in opposition to a legal challenge to the system's shared governance structure.
January 25, 2013
ITT Technical Institute is the latest for-profit higher education provider to go big with scholarships. The institute's holding company announced in an earnings call on Thursday that it hopes to expand a pilot program to all of its campuses by the end of the year. Company officials said early returns showed that discounting tuition has had a positive impact on student enrollment.
January 23, 2013
City College of San Francisco has filed a draft report describing changes the college is making to avoid having its accreditation revoked. The college also released a paper detailing how it would handle being shut down in a worst-case scenario.
January 22, 2013
Michigan is the latest state to allow community colleges to issue bachelor's degrees. But despite controversy and turf wars, actual practice remains limited, for now.
January 21, 2013
College leaders need to get involved in the disruption debate and do more to help adult students, finds a "mainfesto" issued on the American Council on Education's letterhead.
January 17, 2013
The Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program has released a guide to labor market data aimed at community colleges. The guide seeks to help college leaders find and use data from various sources to boost student success by tracking the employment and earnings of graduates. For example, colleges could use good data on labor markets to decide which academic programs to offer and how many graduates the college should ideally produce to fill available jobs in that field.
January 17, 2013
Rasmussen College, a midsized for-profit institution with roots in the Midwest, this week announced a tuition cut that averages 12 percent across the institution. Some students will see a 24 percent tuition reduction, the college said. Rasmussen is also locking in tuition rates for continuously enrolled students.

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