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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September 28, 2017
Federal student loan default rates are on the rise after four years of declines, according to the U.S. Department of Education's annual release of loan default data.
September 28, 2017
Ohio State University announced this week that it will cover all gaps in tuition and fees for in-state students who qualify for federal Pell Grants. The university will use institutional aid to pay for any tuition and fees for Pell-eligible students who aren't covered by Pell, state aid or gift aid.
September 28, 2017
New data from the U.S. Federal Reserve on changes in family income show that Americans without a college degree, and African-Americans and Hispanic families, had the most rapid increase in wealth from 2013-2016. However, college degree holders are still far more wealthy, as are white families (with almost 10 times the wealth of African-American households).
September 27, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday announced two new senior staff hires. Michael Wooten will be deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary for the department's Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. Leonard Haynes will be a senior adviser.
September 26, 2017
The Lumina Foundation this week announced the designation of 17 cities around the country as "talent hubs," with each receiving a grant of $350,000 over three years from the foundation. The Kresge Foundation is a co-funder of the project. "Grant funding will support local efforts to educate more people, allowing community and postsecondary leaders to better meet the specific needs of residents," Lumina said in a written statement.
September 26, 2017
After years of attempts, Scott Walker, Wisconsin's Republican governor, has successfully eliminated the state's Education Approval Board as an independent agency tasked with overseeing for-profit colleges.
September 25, 2017
Tennessee students who participate in the state's free community college scholarship program, dubbed the Tennessee Promise, are more likely to succeed in college than their peers are, The Tennessean reported.
September 25, 2017
Gallup and Strada, the former USA Funds, today released the latest installment of their three-year survey project, which seeks to gauge American adults' opinions on higher education and its relationship to careers.
September 22, 2017
Education Department’s inspector general labels Western Governors as a correspondence-course provider, seeks reimbursement of $713 million in aid and may broadly threaten competency-based education.
September 21, 2017
Two college football players died after games last Saturday, following three off-season deaths this year, while a Harvard football player suffered a neck injury and remains paralyzed.

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