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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Most Recent Articles

December 4, 2014
The legal pursuit of a defunct for-profit college in Florida and its former owner gets wilder with each filing. A new civil suit filed by a U.S. attorney and the state's attorney general, Pam Bondi, alleges that FastTrain College defrauded the federal government with false claims for millions of dollars in financial aid.
December 3, 2014
Illinois leads list of states where community colleges already get only a single-digit percentage of their budgets from the state, and more cuts may be on the way.
December 3, 2014
Student-loan borrowing at public institutions has increased the most in states where government support for higher education has declined, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. In states with the largest per-student decline in funding, for example, median student borrowing increased by $1,781 between 2008 and 2012.
December 2, 2014
A new policy report from Complete College America pushes for a return to "on-time" graduation. The nonprofit group said commonly used graduation rates of 150 percent of on-time program length (six years for bachelor's degrees and three for associates) are "unacceptable, especially when we consider that students and their families are trying desperately to control the skyrocketing costs of higher education."
November 26, 2014
Brandman University goes all-in with a competency-based bachelor's degree that is online, available on a tablet, and not based on the credit hour. Its projected price tag? $10,000.
November 25, 2014
Maryann Jones, incoming president of the Charleston School of Law, resigned after just eight days on the job, according to The Post and Courier, a Charleston newspaper. The law school's possible sale to a for-profit chain, the InfiLaw System, has been a source of controversy.
November 25, 2014
City Colleges of Chicago have settled with the U.S. Department of Education over disputed federal aid payments, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The $4.3 million settlement grew out of a 2009 department review of aid payments made to student at the Chicago system's Kennedy-King College.
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.
November 20, 2014
National "free tuition" group changes its name and pitch with plan to support state and city tuition scholarships while continuing to push on the federal level.
November 19, 2014
Public colleges may be using grade inflation or tightening admissions standards to comply with performance-based funding, survey finds.


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