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, USA Today, the Nieman Foundation Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly. 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 with his wife, Sandy, and their two children in Bethesda, Md.

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February 12, 2008
The "good government" movement in Washington has taken aim at fat-cat lobbyists, free spending campaign donors, and earmark producing lawmakers. Its latest target: judge-inviting law schools?
February 11, 2008
If any college in the country had an incentive to respond to the growing pressure from politicians to make higher education more affordable, it might be George Washington University, which Forbes recently characterized as "the most expensive four-year university in the U.S. (and most likely the world)."
February 8, 2008
Many Republicans join Democrats in backing legislation to ratchet up scrutiny of college spending and pricing, toughen student loan oversight, and ease aid application.
February 7, 2008
Posturing, panicking and backpedaling and, of course, politicking -- all of those were in ample supply Wednesday as lobbyists, lawmakers and other players prepared for today's House of Representatives debate over legislation to renew the Higher Education Act. Developments were fast and furious on an array of fronts. Among the most significant:
February 6, 2008
With House poised to take up bill, one lawmaker offers plan to require 5 percent payout by endowments, and leaders back default-rate change pushed by for-profit colleges.
February 6, 2008
The memorandum that circulated on Capitol Hill last week sought to reassure U.S. senators that higher education leaders, who have opposed certain aspects of a patent reform bill approved last fall by the Senate Judiciary Committee, had been dealt with satisfactorily. “University Concerns With S. 1145 Addressed by Bill as Reported by Committee,” read the headline on the document, which went on to list the ways in which the academy’s major objections “have been appropriately addressed by the bill as reported by the Judiciary Committee.”
February 5, 2008
Bush's 2009 budget plan would lift maximum Pell Grant to $4,800, kill other aid programs -- and slash funds for minority-serving colleges that gained in last fall's budget measure.
February 4, 2008
Reworked Higher Ed Act legislation would limit scrutiny to 5 percent of colleges that raise tuition price the most, but ramp up other reporting requirements.
February 4, 2008
Proposal to require elite colleges to spend a minimum proportion of their endowments gets cool reception at Washington forum -- including from a surprising source.

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