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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May 10, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education plans to hold a negotiated rule-making session aimed at changing regulations for federal aid eligibility to try to "promote greater access for students to high-quality, innovative programs," according to a Wednesday posting from the Office of Management and Budget.
May 9, 2018
Higher Learning Advocates is a bipartisan group focused on federal policy that formed last year. This week it added a "network" of higher education leaders who it says will contribute to federal policy discussions, with a focus on student success. The network includes:
May 9, 2018
The chancellor's office for California's community college system on Tuesday released recommendations for a performance funding formula that Jerry Brown, the state's Democratic governor, proposed in January as part of his last budget plan.
May 9, 2018
The mostly online Rio Salado College pushes back on a critique of its graduation rates, while nonprofit colleges may be feeling more heat about their results amid the collapse of for-profits.
May 2, 2018
Last year's upgrade of the federal government's primary higher education database for the first time allowed researchers to track graduation rates for recipients of Pell Grants. Now Third Way, a center-left think tank, has released an analysis of the new Pell graduation-rate data.
May 1, 2018
The University of Rhode Island managed to boost its student completion rates and change its gen-ed curriculum while recovering from the budget slashing of the recession.
April 30, 2018
Iowa's Supreme Court has tossed out a lower court's decision in the long-running legal battle over Ashford University's eligibility to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
April 25, 2018
Strada Education Network announced Tuesday that it has acquired Economic Modeling LLC, a company commonly referred to as Emsi, which uses economic data to track employment and salary trends. Colleges increasingly use Emsi and Burning Glass to track labor markets with an eye toward their graduates' employment options. The nonprofit Strada did not disclose how much it paid for Emsi.
April 25, 2018
After being criticized by policy makers and others for not doing enough to crack down on poorly performing colleges, the nation's regional accreditors in February began a project to learn more about graduation metrics and how to prod colleges to improve them.
April 20, 2018
Student government presidents from 82 colleges and universities signed a letter to leaders in the U.S. Congress and to President Donald Trump calling for "common sense" gun control. The University of Virginia Student Council led the effort, which was backed by student leaders from community colleges, public institutions and private colleges.


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