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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February 16, 2015
Higher education will be a hot topic if Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin runs for president, with budget cuts, university mission statements and a candidate's degree completion to debate.
February 13, 2015
Tennessee's governor, Bill Haslam, this week unveiled several higher education proposals as part of his budget plan. He included $1.5 million for a pilot program to offer a version of the state's free community college scholarship to adult students. Qualifying adults will be more than halfway to an associate degree in previously earned credits, said Mike Krause, the executive director of the Tennessee Promise program.
February 13, 2015
Just 12 percent of colleges enroll 60 percent of all Latino undergraduates, according to a new analysis from Excelencia in Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). These colleges are deemed to be Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) under federal guidelines. They are institutions where at least one-quarter of full-time students are Hispanic. The number of HSIs has more than doubled in the two decades before last year, to 409 from 189.
February 13, 2015
Education Corporation of America (ECA), a privately held for-profit chain,
February 13, 2015
Scott W. Steffey will step down as president and chief executive officer of Career Education Corporation, the major for-profit chain announced. Steffey took over the top post of the publicly traded company in 2013.
February 12, 2015
Gates-funded report seeks to define and classify types of performance-based funding in 35 states, drawing tentative praise from researchers who have criticized the policies.
February 11, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this week released results from a survey it commissioned of faculty attitudes, with a particular focus on courseware that can "personalize" learning. FTI Consulting conducted the survey, receiving roughly 4,000 responses.
February 11, 2015
Full employment of bachelor's degree holders looms amid further proof that a four-year degree has become a requirement for a good-paying job, which also comes with employer training.
February 10, 2015
An investment banking and consulting firm focused on education, Tyton Partners, is issuing a report today that attempts to create a framework for measuring "evidence of learning." The research, which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded, seeks to take a holistic approach to defining the "body of knowledge, skills and experience" people achieve in both formal and informal activities throughout their lifetime.
February 10, 2015
The Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) announced Monday that it has added 15 new college members. The Lumina-funded group now features 30 institutions and 4 public college systems, all of which either offer competency-based degrees or are creating them.

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