Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Scott Jaschik, he leads the site's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives in Bethesda, Md.

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Most Recent Articles

March 6, 2019
Southern Methodist University works with two online program management companies. For all future online programs, it plans to bring the operations in-house, citing mission and money.
March 6, 2019
Online learning is becoming an increasingly important feature of postsecondary education, but it threatens to widen rather than narrow educational inequities if institutions don't take steps to improve the outcomes associated with it, a new report asserts.
March 6, 2019
A South African university research center issued a report this week that assesses how different universities are working with outside companies to deliver their online academic programs. The report was produced by the Center for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. It looks at common funding models, the nature of the arrangements and institutional use cases.
March 5, 2019
Can computers study complex human phenomena? In today's Academic Minute, Boston University's Wesley Wildman delves into this question.
March 5, 2019
Today on the Academic Minute, Wesley Wildman, professor of philosophy, theology and ethics at the Boston University School of Theology, explores whether computers can study complex human phenomena. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
March 5, 2019
Citing a looming demographic cliff that he called an "existential threat" to New England and the institutions he leads, the president of the University of Massachusetts System said Monday that the system would create an online college to serve adult learners.
March 5, 2019
"Leadership in Changing Times: Supporting Students and Institutions With Creativity and Efficiency" is a new compilation of topical and timely articles from Inside Higher Ed. A free copy is available for download here.
March 4, 2019
Poor infrastructure affects everyone. In today's Academic Minute, Colorado State University's Steven Pressman examines whether the gridlock in Congress will stall repairs.
March 4, 2019
Today on the Academic Minute, Steven Pressman, professor of economics at Colorado State University, examines whether gridlock in Congress will stall infrastructure repairs. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
March 2, 2019
President Trump vowed Saturday to "soon" issue an executive order that would deny federal research funds to colleges and universities that do not support free speech. “If they want our dollars and we give them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people to speak," said Trump in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He did not describe how the executive order would work, or who would judge whether a college or university was not protecting free speech.


January 19, 2009
Overshadowing other news from the NCAA convention, Myles Brand publicly confirms illness and describes his long-term prognosis as "not good."
December 10, 2008
Regional association cites Alabama A&M and Webber International for financial shortcomings, lifts sanction against Texas Tech, and says Virginia Commonwealth has responded adequately to scandal.
July 12, 2007
At financial aid directors' meeting, sessions explore best practices on student financial literacy and assess 2 new federal aid programs.
May 23, 2007
Congress seems poised to expand tuition tax breaks for students, but will colleges be taxed more to pay for them?
April 2, 2007
Some institutions accept N.Y. attorney general's settlement offer to change student loan practices and repay disputed funds.
March 9, 2007
A House of Representatives subcommittee lambasted college leaders Thursday for their perceived failure in stemming the illegal downloading of music and movies by students. Committee members, responding to complaints by the entertainment industry that campuses have been slow to restrict copyright infringement, pressed for answers and made vague threats about possible changes in intellectual property law that could result if higher education as a whole does not adopt a more aggressive approach.
February 1, 2007
The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday that would raise the value of the maximum Pell Grant for the first time since 2002 and increase spending for several key academic research programs. Dozens of Republicans joined all but two Democrats in voting for House Joint Resolution 20, which would finance the operations of much of the federal government through the rest of the 2007 fiscal year, which began in October.
January 31, 2007
At meeting of accreditors, officials acknowledge need to measure student learning, but fear oversimplification.


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