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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April 24, 2009
The student editors at Cedarville University have decided not to publish their newspaper because of new rules requiring prior oversight and review by the institution's public relations office. Christianity Today broke the story Thursday, publishing a statement by the student editors saying in part: "Review by the public relations department undermines our ability to think critically and engage culture.
April 24, 2009
Two tribesmen from New Guinea have sued Jared Diamond for defamation, saying that an article he wrote for The New Yorker falsely states that they committed murder and other crimes, the Associated Press reported. The article was about traditions of vengeance. Diamond -- whose books are taught at many colleges -- is a professor of geography at the University of California at Los Angeles.
April 24, 2009
Graduation ceremonies at Xavier University of Louisiana -- the only historically black, Roman Catholic college -- will take place this year without New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes. That's because the archbishop has ruled out appearing as long as the university continues with its plans to have Donna Brazile as the main speaker (and honorary degree recipient), The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
April 23, 2009
French officials are demanding that university students and professors stop strikes and protests so that regular classes can resume, The Guardian reported. The protests aim to block President Nikolas Sarkozy's government from carrying out its planned higher education reforms, which critics say will give too much power to administrators and the government.
April 23, 2009
The University of North Dakota’s athletic teams will continue to be known as the “Fighting Sioux,” for the time being. Tuesday, during an election of tribal officials, members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe voted to approve the university’s current nickname.
April 23, 2009
Graduate schools need to recruit and graduate a more diverse student body, according to a report being issued today by the Council of Graduate Schools. "Our nation is becoming increasingly diverse, yet Hispanic and African American students are highly underrepresented in graduate schools, particularly in fields such as science and engineering, where each group makes up less than 10 percent of graduate enrollment and approximately 5 percent of new Ph.D.'s," the report says.
April 23, 2009
Hundreds of scientists and their supporters held a rally at the University of California at Los Angeles to back the right of researchers to use animals in their studies and to oppose increasingly violent attacks on professors, the Los Angeles Times reported. While many scientists have been angry at the tactics of the more extreme parts of the animal rights movement, the UCLA protest was an unusually public response.
April 23, 2009
Trinity College, in Connecticut, is facing scrutiny from the state attorney general over its use of an endowment that was created by a donor for one purpose but that apparently was used for other programs as well, The Wall Street Journal reported. According to the article, the funds were designated for use for a business professorship and the donor specifically stated that he didn't want to give general discretion to the college to use the endowment income for other areas.
April 23, 2009
A lawsuit has accused William Meehan, president of Jacksonville State University, of plagiarizing portions of his dissertation. The Associated Press reported that a Jacksonville State professor is suing Meehan in a dispute over ownership of a collection of plant samples, and included the plagiarism charges to establish a pattern in which Meehan is alleged to take work produced by others. The AP reviewed the dissertation and the work supposedly copied and found similarities.
April 23, 2009
Madonna Constantine has sued Teachers College of Columbia University for $200 million.

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