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Paul Fain

40 posts
A veteran higher education journalist and analyst, Paul focuses on the connections between education and the American workforce.

Vanishing for-profits

As the first mega university, the University of Phoenix showed how a focus on working adults and career education could work at scale. Almost a decade ago, though, Phoenix began a long slide. The university’s enrollment last year of 84,000 was roughly one-fifth of its peak.

Bootcamps grow up

The sector is expanding rapidly. Amid a boom in offerings by ed-tech companies, several freestanding bootcamps are seeking accreditation, a key step toward being able to accept federal student aid.

A 50-year storm

Perhaps students will return to community colleges when things settle down. But if preliminary fall enrollment numbers hold up, the sector would be down 14 percent over two years—the largest collapse in a half century.