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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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.
May 23, 2014
Roughly 9 percent of the $511 billion spent in 2011 in the United States on higher education went to financing interest payments or to corporate profits, according to a new analysis from the Center for Culture, Organizations and Politics at the University of California at Berkeley.
May 23, 2014
New companies try to bridge disconnect between employers and community colleges, with job guarantees and digital badging as part of their pitches.
May 22, 2014
Congress gets praise for cutting a bipartisan deal to replace the primary federal job-training law, but proposed bill is not a major change.
May 20, 2014
Laureate Education's CEO, Douglas Becker, talks about how the huge for-profit higher-ed company works across 30 countries, where it has hit snags, and what comes next.
May 20, 2014
Douglas Becker, CEO of Laureate Education, talks with Inside Higher Ed about the large education company and where it's headed.
May 19, 2014
Bridgepoint Education on Friday announced in a corporate filing that it would pay $7.25 million to Iowa's attorney general for consumer restitution and fees related to an investigation of Ashford University, which the for-profit chain owns. The office of the attorney general, Tom Miller, had been investigating whether Ashford had violated the state's consumer protection laws.
May 19, 2014
The Young Invicibles held a media event on Capitol Hill last week during which the student advocacy group and four Democratic Senators called for stronger regulation of the for-profit sector. Dymond Blackmon, a former student, spoke at the event.
May 16, 2014
Sen. Harkin joins consumer groups in call for stronger gainful employment rules, and the retiring senator points to other Democrats who will continue the fight.

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