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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October 1, 2014
Excelencia in Education, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group that focuses on Latino student success, announced this week that it had received $2.4 million in new grants from four foundations. A spokesman for the group said three-quarters of the money is aimed at growing its capacity, as opposed to funding specific projects. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributed $1 million, which is the largest of the four grants.
September 30, 2014
The Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program this week unveiled a toolkit designed to help community college trustees, search committees and search firms to hire "exceptional" leaders. There is a high turnover among top executives at community colleges.
September 30, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden and Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, on Monday announced the final installment of $2 billion in competitive grants under the so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT).
September 29, 2014
A reference to a veteran's student debt goes from a group's press release to a Democratic Senate report, showing both the power and peril of using anecdotes about students.
September 19, 2014
New data on the labor-market returns of short-term certificates show both the value and pitfalls of using earnings data as a yardstick in higher education.
September 18, 2014
Research has shown community colleges how to improve graduation rates and create clearer pathways for students, but too few colleges have gone big with those strategies.
September 17, 2014
A new group of 11 public research universities says it can set aside competition and prestige-chasing to work together to graduate more low-income students.
September 15, 2014
A new shade on lead generation includes assessments, online courses and mentors to help ensure that students can succeed once they enroll.
September 12, 2014
Robert G. Templin Jr., the longtime president of Northern Virginia Community College and one of the nation's most prominent two-year chiefs, has announced that he will retire from college in February 2015. After stepping down Templin will work part-time as a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program.
September 11, 2014
ACE continues online experimentation with proposed pool of general education courses from colleges and providers like StraighterLine.

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