Paul Fain

Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Contributing 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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December 30, 2020
This episode looks back at 2020 and the podcast's eight months of discussions about the impact of the pandemic on higher education and vulnerable college students.
December 16, 2020
A new paper from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences looks at the effects of two federal experiments to expand Pell Grant eligibility for short-term occupational training programs. The report was prepared for IES by Mathematica and Social Policy Research Associates.
December 15, 2020
This episode features leaders from Purdue University Global and Broward College in Florida, two institutions that are focused on offering credentials that work for under-served student groups, including students who hold down jobs while pursuing credentials
December 11, 2020
Many public colleges and universities face serious financial challenges, due in part to declining state tax revenue, changing enrollment patterns and rising unemployment. And state budget cuts are most likely to impact lower-income students and students of color.
December 11, 2020
The Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs, on Thursday announced a new, multiyear project to "reform companies' hiring and talent management practices" to emphasize the value of skills -- rather than just college degrees. The group also is seeking to improve equity in both hiring and advancement on the job.

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April 2, 2020
Higher education groups push the Education Department to suspend measure of colleges' financial standing, and the department releases new proposed rules on distance education.
January 7, 2019
The Education Department's proposals for upcoming negotiated rule-making process would narrow the responsibilities of accreditors and modify federal definitions for credit hour and distance education.
August 22, 2018
A Q&A with Ryan Craig, investor and author of a new book about the changing landscape for education and training credentials and the implications for traditional higher education.
August 9, 2018
A Q&A with Paul Freedman, who, unlike some of his ed-tech peers, focuses on nurturing companies that will extend the reach of traditional institutions, not compete with them.
April 28, 2017
Indiana institution acquires Kaplan University and its 32,000 students in an unprecedented move to enter online education as many large for-profits continue to slump.

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