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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April 24, 2019
Prudential Financial announced on Tuesday that it will spend $180 million through 2025 on education and training for young people, ages 15 to 29, who lack access to education, training or regular jobs. The financial services company said it was making this investment in so-called opportunity youth to help prepare the future global work force. “Businesses like ours have a role to play in ensuring that global economic progress benefits all members of tomorrow’s work force,” said Charles Lowrey, Prudential's chairman and CEO.
April 22, 2019
Faculty groups at nine of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District last week voted no confidence in the leadership of Maria Harper-Marinick, the large two-year college system's chancellor, according to a report in The Arizona Republic.
April 18, 2019
Laureate Education on Wednesday announced the sale of UniNorte, a university in Brazil, for roughly $50 million. The Baltimore-based global college network also said it has completed the sale of Monash South Africa, a university located in Johannesburg. The company received $7.4 million to complete the sale.
April 18, 2019
The University of Louisville and IBM on Wednesday announced a partnership to create an IBM Skills Academy on the university's campus.
April 15, 2019
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has reintroduced a bill that would provide grants to support partnerships between two-year colleges and work-force boards, industry groups and nonprofit organizations. The grants would be directed toward underemployed and unemployed people and would be designed to strengthen job training and career pathways with support for housing, mental and substance use disorder treatment, health insurance coverage, career counseling, childcare, transportation, and guidance in accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
April 9, 2019
2U adds boot camps to its offerings of online graduate degrees and courses with $750 million acquisition of Trilogy.
April 4, 2019
Bridgepoint Education, which owns Ashford University, changed its name on Tuesday to Zovio Inc. And on Wednesday the company announced that it is acquiring TutorMe, an online tutoring provider.
April 4, 2019
A growing number of colleges and employers are working together to better use labor-market data in postsecondary training. Two experts discuss what's possible and what's needed.
April 4, 2019
More than half of low-income students at comprehensive public universities reach the top half of the nation's income earners by their 30s, according to a new analysis from the American Enterprise Institute.
April 1, 2019
The federal agency is conducting a two-phase experiment to design tools to better understand career trajectories of its employees and the rest of the federal work force.


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.
February 7, 2017
Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has family and likely financial connections to The College Fix, a conservative news site that often criticizes liberal bias in higher education.
January 19, 2017
Obama trumpeted importance of college-going and invested in students and institutions like no leader before him -- while demanding much in return and, sometimes, failing big, too.
September 2, 2016
Two Obama administration veterans are now advising Hillary Clinton's campaign, suggesting that as president she would continue aggressive enforcement policies of the current Education Department.
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.


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