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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March 5, 2015
Southern New Hampshire University's president, Paul LeBlanc, has taken a three-month assignment with the U.S. Department of Education. LeBlanc's appointment, which begins next week, will be as a senior adviser to Ted Mitchell, the department's under secretary. He will focus on competency-based education and  "developing new accreditation pathways for innovative programs in higher education," the department and Southern New Hampshire said in a joint news release.
March 5, 2015
Tulsa Community College started offering free tuition eight years ago, helping to inspire Tennessee's program and, by extension, President Obama, while also boosting its degree production rates. 
February 27, 2015
Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, this week announced $50 million in grants to the state's community colleges. The money is to be used to buy equipment in high-demand fields, such as welding, health care and robotics. Community college officials in the state said the rapid pace of technology requires investment in technology for academic programs.
February 26, 2015
CUNY's accelerated degree program for community college students doubles graduation rates and is cost-effective, a study finds. And the model may be exported to three Ohio colleges.
February 24, 2015
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this week released state-level student completion data. The nonprofit center tracked 2.7 million students who first enrolled in college in the fall of 2008, following them for 6 years.
February 24, 2015
City College of San Francisco's Board of Trustees should be able to regain their governing authority over the large two-year college this summer, Brice Harris, the California community college system chancellor, announced this week.
February 17, 2015
The university's new president, Tim Slottow, responds to Matt Reed's questions about academic quality, saying the for-profit chain serves students well.
February 17, 2015
Eight Washington State community colleges will offer an online, competency-based business degree, as emerging form of higher education wins fans -- and some critics -- in the state.
February 16, 2015
Higher education will be a hot topic if Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin runs for president, with budget cuts, university mission statements and a candidate's degree completion to debate.
February 13, 2015
Education Corporation of America (ECA), a privately held for-profit chain,

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November 21, 2014
Half of Corinthian Colleges goes nonprofit, as loan guarantor ECMC will buy 56 Everest and WyoTech campuses. Critics say the purchase doesn't do nearly enough for students or to prevent conflicts of interest.
September 25, 2014
The default rate on federal loans edges down as 21 colleges face sanctions for having rates that exceed the legal threshold.
August 19, 2014
The messy failure of Corinthian Colleges raises questions about limitations of the Education Department's oversight of for-profit chains, and how it might tighten as other companies teeter.
May 28, 2014
As public comment period ends for the administration's "gainful employment" proposal, for-profit colleges and supporters blast the rules as an overreach; critics of the industry say proposal doesn't go far enough.
May 7, 2014
Can a for-profit industry beset by growing legal and financial woes fend off the Obama administration's second try at gainful employment rules?
December 13, 2013
As federal panel weighs fate of agency that withdrew support from City College of San Francisco, lawmakers on Capitol Hill ponder future role for the government in accreditation.
October 10, 2013
Laureate Education has quietly become an 800,000-student behemoth and a major player in global higher education. So what is the company, exactly?
September 10, 2013
Gainful employment rewrite kicks off with rule-making session, but consensus appears unlikely as negotiators are far apart on day one.
August 26, 2013
President, in direct remarks on the sector, notes concerns that some institutions "make out like a bandit," but calls for more scrutiny of colleges across the board.
March 13, 2013
California lawmaker wants MOOCs and other online providers to help meet student demand, and will encourage -- and some fear force -- public colleges to accept those credits.

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