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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January 14, 2014
By 2016 California community college students will need to maintain certain academic performance standards to remain eligible for fee waivers, according to a policy approved this week by the community college system's Board of Governors. The fee waivers eliminate the relatively affordable tuition of $46 per credit that the system's 112 colleges charge.
January 9, 2014
A new report from MDRC, a nonprofit social policy research organization, describes promising efforts to help the 39 million adult Americans who lack a high-school credential successfully transition to college.
January 9, 2014
A multistate transfer agreement is based on proficiency rather than course credits, which might open the door further for models that do not rely on seat time.
January 7, 2014
Maryland goes big with a college completion law, and some community college leaders say they like its comprehensiveness.
January 3, 2014
A digital badging project at UC Davis is drawing notice, but the innovation looks more like competency-based education than a form of alternative credentials.
January 3, 2014
A California court blocks an accreditor from shuttering City College of San Francisco, at least until a lawsuit filed by the city attorney goes to trial.
December 20, 2013
Six more online courses from the Saylor Foundation can now lead to college credit, the foundation announced Thursday, bringing the total number of free, potentially credit-bearing courses it offers to nine.
December 19, 2013
California's Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) wants the state's government to devise criteria for determining which for-profit institutions are most at risk for having questionable business practices. In a newly released report, the agency said state regulators should exempt most for-profits that hold regional accreditation from their reviews, freeing up resources to conduct targeted oversight.
December 19, 2013
A new report from the Center for American Progress proposes reforms to improve the connection between higher education and employers. Stackable credentials, competency-based education and more structured pathways for students are promising practices that can help bridge this gap, according to the report, which was written by David A. Bergeron, a former U.S. Department of Education official who is vice president for postsecondary education at the center.
December 18, 2013
The Apollo Education Group's global division is buying 70 percent of Open Colleges Australia for $99 million, with additional payments of up to $48 million, the for-profit chain announced Tuesday in a news release. Founded in 1910, Open Colleges offers more than 130 online courses. Company officials hope the Australian institution "provides a platform for Apollo Global to operate and expand in other areas of the region.”

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