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 14, 2014
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is moving away from grades to competency-style education for all of its academic programs, with an announcement that both drew praise and raised questions.
February 6, 2014
Politicians in three states want two years of tuition-free community college. Higher education experts welcome the attention, but worry about unintended consequences.
February 5, 2014
Educational Testing Service this week announced that it is offering digital badges that students can earn by taking two assessments the group released last year. Those tests -- the Proficiency Profile and iSkills assessments -- seek to measure what students learn in college. They are not designed to be used by employers, for now at least.
February 5, 2014
A group of 50 organizations has written to officials at the White House and U.S. Department of Education to "urge the administration to issue promptly a stronger, more effective" set of gainful employment regulations. The group includes higher-education associations, faculty unions, consumer advocates and veterans organizations.
February 5, 2014
Federal agency releases new college comparison site for student veterans and data about where they are enrolled, earning praise from both for-profit colleges and their critics.
February 4, 2014
Drexel University takes its bachelor's degrees and faculty to three community college campuses, an unusual move for a private university.
February 3, 2014
The Obama Administration on Friday announced a new, $150 million grant competition for job-training partnerships that will feature employers, community colleges, unions and work force boards. The money will be aimed at "helping to prepare and place the long-term unemployed into good jobs," according to the administration.
January 31, 2014
The federal government this week announced the launch of a new online complaint system for college students who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military.
January 30, 2014
Asheville-Buncombe Tech and two other N.C. community colleges move fast to create new "stackable" degree tracks for the fast-growing craft beer industry.
January 28, 2014
Citing a "very difficult financial situation," National Hispanic University has stopped enrolling new students, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

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