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

March 13, 2020
The U.S. Department of Education is offering regulatory flexibility to colleges as they close campuses and move classes online. Experts discuss the new guidelines.
March 11, 2020
Idaho's Legislature rejected the state's higher education budget, blaming diversity initiatives at Boise State University for the rebuke to the state's public institutions
March 11, 2020
A crowdsourced Google spreadsheet features a running tally of colleges and universities that are closing campuses or suspending in-person instruction and moving online or to distance delivery. The sheet includes dates of closures and program delivery changes as well as details about institutions. One sheet features a map of closures around the U.S., with representations of the numbers of students who are affected. It is being regularly updated.
March 10, 2020
Wave of universities suspend face-to-face instruction while higher education groups cancel annual meetings. Roundup of news from Mon., March 9.
March 6, 2020
Roundup of news about how higher education is coping with initial U.S. impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, and how colleges are preparing for a dizzying array of likely disruptions.
March 5, 2020
A newly released survey of employers found substantial wage premiums for graduates with master's degrees compared to holders of bachelor's degrees in the same majors.
March 4, 2020
A petition to temporarily close the University of Washington's Seattle campus due to the novel coronavirus and its potential impact on the university has received more than 15,000 signatories.
March 3, 2020
Statewide college promise programs are an underused avenue of support for undocumented students, write Victoria Ballerini, Miriam Feldblum and Daniel C. Kent.
February 28, 2020
Betsy DeVos, the U.S. secretary of education, announced Thursday that the Education Department is creating a task force to prepare for the possible impacts of the coronavirus. DeVos made the announcement during her appearance before the appropriations committee of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss the Trump administration's proposed budget.
February 27, 2020
The annual wages of American workers who hold only a high school credential and are in the top half of earners within that group overlap with wages of the bottom half of earners among college graduates, according to a new report from the Manhattan Institute.


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