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 12, 2015
In addition to its tuition-free community college plan, the White House on Friday released a proposal for a new technical job-training fund. The new money would build on a similar $2-billion workforce grant program aimed at two-year colleges, which expired last year.
January 12, 2015
Obama's free tuition plan is a hit among community college leaders, but some experts worry about details and whether the money could be more targeted.
January 9, 2015
Three public college associations release draft discussion guide for how to measure student success after college.
January 9, 2015
Obama unveils outline of federal matching grant proposal that would seek to make two years of community college free nationwide.
January 8, 2015
Despite $640 million in federal spending, many holes remain in state databases that try to link college outcomes to the employment market.
January 6, 2015
Kaplan Higher Education, a for-profit chain, on Monday agreed to a $1.3 million settlement with the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. The civil settlement resolves whistleblower allegations that Kaplan employed unqualified instructors at its campuses in Texas, the U.S. Attorney's office said in a written statement. The agreement did not include a finding of wrongdoing by the company.
January 6, 2015
Drexel University nixes on-site bachelor's degree offerings at three local community colleges, one year after creating two of the highly touted partnerships.
January 6, 2015
Western Governors University steers rejected applicants to StraighterLine, an online course provider that acts as a low-risk way for students to prepare to earn a degree.
December 22, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education last week issued a letter with guidance on a form of competency-based education. The document addresses direct assessment programs, which are not based on the credit-hour standard. So far only a handful of colleges have received federal-aid eligibility for such programs.
December 19, 2014
Career Education Corp. on Thursday said it plans to sell Le Cordon Bleu, a chain of 16 culinary campuses. The company, which is one of the largest publicly traded for-profits, said in a written statement that the planned sale would allow it to "reallocate funds across our portfolio." Le Cordon Bleu is one of Career Education's better-known brands.

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