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 with his family in Bethesda, Md.

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February 5, 2016
Clemson University was built by those who could never attend the college. In today's Academic Minute, Clemson's Rhondda Robinson Thomas discusses the enslaved people who helped build the institution and why it’s necessary to paint the full picture of such a history.
February 4, 2016
Chemotherapy can save lives but also be debilitating. In today's Academic Minute, the University of British Columbia's Mads Daugaard explains how a sugar protein may be the answer to an easier method of treating cancer.
February 3, 2016
The prevalence of allergies is on the rise in the U.S. and around the world. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Avery August describes how the overuse of antibiotics could be to blame.
February 3, 2016
The world is not lacking for reports on how to restructure the federal student financial aid programs. But here's a new one to chew over, from the Urban Institute and its researchers Sandy Baum and Martha Johnson: "Strengthening Federal Student Aid."
February 2, 2016
When colleges and universities renovate their libraries, the changes they make often don't align with the priorities of librarians themselves, according to a survey of academic librarians by the Sasaki Associates, a design firm.
February 2, 2016
Is this song putting you to sleep? In today's Academic Minute, Birmingham-Southern College's Joseph Chandler explains how even music written to make you snooze may play only a small part in the actual process of dozing off.
February 2, 2016
The new Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education -- the first produced since the project shifted to Indiana University from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching -- is now officially available. Colleges and universities have been reviewing their data for the last month or so in advance of the official release.
February 1, 2016
An arbitrator has ruled that the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine System did not violate their contract with a faculty union when Southern Maine laid off 26 instructors in 2014, the university system said in a news release. According to system officials, the arbitrator concluded that Southern Maine acted reasonably and with an "excess of caution" when it imposed the layoffs amid significant financial strain.
February 1, 2016
The University of California has acknowledged in court documents that its negligence played a role in the 2014 death of a UC-Berkeley football player who collapsed after a strenuous workout, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The university acknowledged its liability in the death of Ted Agu, whose family has sued the institution.
February 1, 2016
Are you lying to me? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Robert Josephs explains that hormones may have something to do with honesty.

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July 22, 2014
The Microsoft founder and head of influential foundation tells college business officers that big changes are on the way -- but offers moderated views on role of technology and push for college completion.
June 3, 2014
A university taps into its instructors' expertise with underrepresented students to produce videos that help professors at other colleges help those students.
March 27, 2014
In potential landmark case, NLRB office backs bid for collective bargaining by Northwestern athletes. Appeals are certain, so final outcome remains unclear. But ruling could add to pressure on the NCAA.
March 7, 2014
March 6, 2014 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2014 Survey of College and University Presidents explored the views of presidents on the appropriate role of the federal government in accountability, the financial viability of college campuses, colleges' responses to sexual assault, and much more. The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup Education. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics. On April 2, Inside Higher Ed Editors Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik analyzed the survey's findings and answered readers' questions about them in a webinar. Register to download the webinar video here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Academic Partnerships, Hobsons, Jenzabar and Pearson.
February 7, 2014
Responses to Obama administration's request for comments on proposed rating system reveal schism between public and private colleges, confusion about goals of such a system, and skepticism about its viability.
November 22, 2013
A conference on online learning promises "A Universe of Opportunities," and attendees interested in faculty development are getting their money's worth.
October 25, 2013
Oct. 25, 2013 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Human Resources Officers explored the views of chief human resources officers on wellness-related penalties, adjuncts and health care, and ignorance about retirement, among other topics. The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics. A copy of the report can be downloaded here. On Nov. 13, Inside Higher Ed conducted a free webinar to discuss the results of the survey. Editor Doug Lederman and Sabrina Ellis of George Washington University analyzed the findings and answered readers' questions. To view the webinar, please click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of chief HR officers was made possible in part by advertising from TIAA-CREF.
August 27, 2013
Aug. 27, 2013 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology explored the perspectives of more than 2,000 college professors on topics such as how to measure quality in online education and the potential impact of massive open online courses. The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. A copy of the survey report can be downloaded here. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics. On Sept. 12, Inside Higher Ed presented a free webinar to discuss the results of the survey. Editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman analyzed the findings and answer readers' questions. The Inside Higher Ed survey on faculty and technology was made possible in part by advertising from Deltak, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Pearson and Sonic Foundry.  
March 1, 2013
March 1 -- Campus leaders weighed in on timely topics such as affirmative action, the potential impact of massive open online courses (MOOCs), and the security of their jobs in Inside Higher Ed's new Survey of College & University Presidents, the third annual survey of campus chief executives. It is the first conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. On Thursday, March 20, Inside Higher Ed presented a webinar to discuss the results of the survey. Editor Doug Lederman was joined by Sanford Shugart, president of Valencia College, and S. Georgia Nugent, president of Kenyon College, to share and analyze the findings. To see a video of the webinar, click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by the generous support of Hobsons, Inceptia, Jenzabar, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and TIAA-CREF.
March 8, 2012
March 8, 2012 -- The 2012 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Presidents is the latest in a series of surveys of senior campus officials about key, time-sensitive issues in higher education. The article can be found here, and the survey report can be viewed here. Inside Higher Ed collaborated on this project with Kenneth C. Green, founding director of the Campus Computing Project. The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by the generous financial support of Datatel+SGHE, Hobsons, InsideTrack and Pearson. On March 22, Inside Higher Ed presented a free webinar to discuss the results of the presidents' survey and their implications for higher education. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

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