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 30, 2014
The Education Department releases its long-awaited gainful employment rules, making one key change and drawing complaints from both for-profits and their critics.
October 29, 2014
Wisconsin's attorney general, J.B.
October 29, 2014
Disadvantaged students who enroll at community colleges and who would not otherwise have attended college are more likely to earn a bachelor's degree in the future, according to a newly released research paper. And while many policies focus on getting students into four-year colleges instead of community colleges, the study found that the vast majority of community college students do not suffer a penalty to their eventual likelihood of completing a bachelor's degree.
October 28, 2014
Michigan, Purdue and the Wisconsin System give competency-based education a try, but carefully and with targeted new programs.
October 28, 2014
Education Management Corp. goes private as its enrollment and revenue slump, raising questions about the end of an era for publicly traded chains with disparate holdings.
October 28, 2014
Western Governors University has unveiled a new website, dubbed CBEInfo, which seeks to be a discussion space for lessons from the nonprofit university's collaborations with community colleges.
October 23, 2014
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the Presidents' Forum this week released a policy report that explores the potential for an external quality review process for "non-institutional" providers in higher education. This emerging field include companies and nonprofits that offer courses, modules or badges.
October 22, 2014
The National Student Clearinghouse this week announced it would use a grant from the Lumina Foundation to create a national, automated system for exchanging "reverse transfer" student data. Reverse transfer in this case refers to when a transfer student's four-year institution sends credits back to a two-year institution from which the student transferred.
October 22, 2014
Community colleges gain traction in push to reinstate federal aid for students without a high school diploma, less so for bringing back "summer Pell."
October 21, 2014
The University of Michigan's regional accreditor has signed off on a new competency-based degree that does not rely on the credit-hour standard, the university said last week. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools gave a green light to the proposed master's of health professions education, which the university's medical school will offer.

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