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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January 13, 2017
Roughly one in four students are leaving British colleges and universities with top honors, raising concerns about grade inflation and the devaluation of degrees, The Telegraph reported. More than 104,000 students graduated last year with a top degree classification, a fivefold increase since 1999, the newspaper said, prompting some leading employers to shift their emphasis from grades to work experience in the hiring process.
January 13, 2017
A new professional football league is presenting itself as an alternative to college-age players who want to be treated like employees rather than students, The Washington Post reported. The founders of Pacific Pro Football, which will start in 2018 with four teams in Southern California, plan to require players to be no more than four years out of high school, taking aim directly at college-age players, and will pay them an average of $50,000 a year.
January 13, 2017
Do dolphins speak in different dialects? In today's Academic Minute, Winthrop University's William Rogers examines river dolphins in Peru to answer this question.
January 13, 2017
Today in the Academic Minute: William Rogers, professor of biology at Winthrop University, examines river dolphins in Peru to gauge whether dolphins speak in different dialects. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
January 12, 2017
What can fruit flies tell us about ourselves? In today's Academic Minute, the University at Albany's Prashanth Rangan delves into this question.
January 12, 2017
Today on the Academic Minute, Prashanth Rangan, associate professor of biological sciences at the University at Albany, explores what fruit flies can tell us about ourselves. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
January 11, 2017
Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham, dean of the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has been named chancellor of the university's West Oahu campus. Jonathan D. Green, provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, has been appointed president of Susquehanna University, in Pennsylvania.
January 11, 2017
Was status always important to men? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Richmond’s Christopher von Rueden explores whether hunter-gatherers cared as much as modern men about their status among the tribe.
January 11, 2017
Today on the Academic Minute, Christopher von Rueden, assistant professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond, details whether hunter-gatherers cared as much as modern men about their status among the tribe. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
January 10, 2017
How do you reduce infections in hospitals? In today's Academic Minute, Grinnell College's Shannon Hinsa-Leasure explores whether changing the surfaces you touch may have a benefit.

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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.
July 18, 2011
In deficit-minded times, student aid has already proven to be a potential casualty. As interest rates go up but need-based aid stays level, expect more of the same, experts say.
May 2, 2011
Research university group votes to discontinue U. of Nebraska's membership, and Syracuse plans to leave; officials at both universities say group's rankings define research excellence too narrowly.
March 4, 2011
March 4, 2011 -- The 2011 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Presidents, which can be seen here, is the first in a series of surveys of senior campus officials about key issues in higher education. Inside Higher Ed collaborated on this project with Kenneth C. Green, founding director of the Campus Computing Project. The Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Presidents was made possible in part by the generous financial support of Kaplan Global Solutions, Pearson, and SunGard Higher Education.
September 28, 2010
President Obama signals concern about rapidly rising tuitions; GAO reports on state records systems and student privacy.
August 4, 2010
WASHINGTON -- The public comment period for the majority of the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations aimed at protecting the integrity of the Title IV federal financial aid program ended at midnight Tuesday.
May 10, 2010
Amid increasing federal scrutiny of college sports comes the latest salvo: the U.S. Department of Justice‘s inquiry into the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s scholarship rules.

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