Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder 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 wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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July 13, 2020
Some of our possessions have more history than we realize. In today's Academic Minute, Louisiana State University's Suzanne Marchand looks into one such object.
July 13, 2020
Today on the Academic Minute, Suzanne Marchand, professor of history at Louisiana State University, explores how some objects may have more history that we realize. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
July 10, 2020
CBO confidence in five-year outlook drops sharply, with colleges facing millions in unexpected instructional, cleaning and testing costs. Twice as many business officers want institutions to "transform" rather than "return to normal."
July 10, 2020
Did Donald Trump inherit a playbook from J. Edgar Hoover? In today's Academic Minute, Marshall University's Stephen Underhill explores how one led to the other.
July 10, 2020
Today on the Academic Minute, Stephen Underhill, associate professor of communication studies at Marshall University, explores one way that J. Edgar Hoover opened the door to Donald Trump. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
July 9, 2020
The time is now to understand historical and contemporary relations of power. In today's Academic Minute, Allegheny College's Barbara Shaw delves into building a reimagined future.
July 9, 2020
Today on the Academic Minute, Barbara Shaw, associate professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Allegheny College, explores how historical power dynamics might be reimagined. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
July 8, 2020
Professors and students alike viewed their remote learning experience most favorably this spring when their courses incorporated more "best practices." That's the path to making the inevitable virtual education better this fall.
July 8, 2020
Michael Berndt, interim president of Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College, in Minnesota, has been named to the job on a permanent basis. Alexander Cartwright, chancellor of the University of Missouri at Columbia, has been appointed president of the University of Central Florida.
July 8, 2020
Doing comforting things virtually has been an important coping method for stress and anxiety. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Vermont's Trish O’Kane discusses one way students are learning about the natural world from afar.

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June 24, 2020
And the introduction of letters to the editor.
April 2, 2020
Higher education groups push the Education Department to suspend measure of colleges' financial standing, and the department releases new proposed rules on distance education.
March 20, 2019
Numerous public university systems and state flagships are planning ambitious online endeavors. How many succeed in a competitive marketplace will depend on pricing, execution and leadership.
August 22, 2018
A Q&A with Ryan Craig, investor and author of a new book about the changing landscape for education and training credentials and the implications for traditional higher education.
August 9, 2018
A Q&A with Paul Freedman, who, unlike some of his ed-tech peers, focuses on nurturing companies that will extend the reach of traditional institutions, not compete with them.
May 25, 2018
U.S. (again) pushes back controversial regulation requiring online programs to gain approval from states in which they operate, this time to 2020.
October 30, 2017
Oct. 30, 2017 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. Download a copy of the booklet here. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics. On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed will present a free webcast to discuss the results of the survey. Register for the webcast here. The Inside Higher Ed Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology was made possible in part with support from D2L, Jenzabar, Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Pearson and VitalSource.
July 28, 2017
July 29, 2017 -- Inside Higher Ed’s 2017 Survey of College and University Business Officers examines the views of key campus financial leaders on a range of issues. A report on the survey, which was conducted in conjunction with Gallup. can be downloaded here. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics. On Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will present a free webcast on the results and take your questions. Sign up here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from First American Education Finance, Laserfiche, Oracle, Workday and Workiva.
April 21, 2017
April 21, 2017 -- Inside Higher Ed's annual Survey of Community College Presidents finds institutional leaders dealing with declining enrollments and concerns over the future of their profession. The survey was conducted in conjunction with Gallup. A copy of the report can be downloaded here. On May 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Paul Fain presented a free webinar on the results. To view the recording of the webinar click here. To download the slide deck, click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Ellucian, InsideTrack, Jenzabar, Pearson and VitalSource.  
March 10, 2017
March 10, 2017 -- Inside Higher Ed’s 2017 Survey of College and University Presidents was conducted in conjunction with Gallup. A copy of the report can be downloaded here. On March 28, Inside Higher Ed Editors Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik presented a free webinar on the results and take your questions. Click here to view the webinar. The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Cengage, Helix Education, Intellus Learning, Jenzabar, Rowan University and Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

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