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 22, 2009
Regional accrediting group contemplates major shift that would separate "compliance" from "improvement," with goal of increasing rigor and transparency of former and flexibility of latter.
April 22, 2009
How bad is the economy? Harvard University's career services office has started a new seminar to teach students how to deal with rejection, The Boston Globe reported. Among the lessons for students: the idea that there may be more qualified people than Harvard graduates for some jobs.
April 22, 2009
The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Legislative Council has voted to drastically shorten the length of time men’s basketball players have to declare for the National Basketball Association draft. Under current rules, players have six weeks to “test the waters” at professional workouts and eventually remove their name from the draft if they wish to retain their college eligibility.
April 22, 2009
The State University of New York at Binghamton has received an anonymous $6 million donation that appears to be the latest in a series of seven-figure anonymous gifts, The Press & Sun-Bulletin reported. Like the other gifts, the funds arrived on the condition that the university not try to track the donor, and that the fund be used for financial aid.
April 22, 2009
Sixty-two percent of public college and university board chairs and executives believe that the current economic downturn is having a "significant" impact on their institutions, according to a new survey by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Nearly 80 percent of boards reported facing an operating budget cut of at least 5 percent this year. Boards appear to be stepping up their activity in reaction to the cuts.
April 22, 2009
An analysis of new Education Department data provides additional evidence that students' use of more expensive private loans is rising sharply. The study, from the Project on Student Debt, finds that the proportion of undergraduates who held private student loans jumped to 14 percent in 2007-8 from just 5 percent in 2003-4, according to data from the federal government's National Postsecondary Student Aid Study.
April 22, 2009
Pacific Oaks College, a non-traditional education college in Pasadena, has been facing threats of closure. But on Tuesday, the college announced that it has signed a letter of intent to negotiate a permanent affiliation with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The goal of the negotiations is to ensure the continuation of Pacific Oaks programs, according to a joint statement by the two institutions.
April 22, 2009
Marquette University's theology department last year asked the Faculty Council to study the ethics of a Roman Catholic university failing to offer health insurance to adjuncts. The Faculty Council has now come back and raised questions not only about that policy but many others. The group is asking the university to consider a number of questions, such as: Are some departments employing “permanent adjuncts,” and what are the implications if they are?
April 22, 2009
The San Jose City Council Tuesday night voted down a proposal to install filters on public library computers to block access to pornography, The San Jose Mercury News reported. Because the city and San Jose State University jointly run the main public library branch, the issue has concerned the university, where many professors and others believe that filters would violate academic freedom and block material (in many cases non-pornographic, but sexually explicit) used for scholarship.
April 22, 2009
Robert Shireman has long been a force in Washington, even when he's lived outside the Beltway. But he had probably never been a major player on Wall Street -- until Tuesday, when his appointment to a key post in the U.S. Education Department drove down the stocks of the publicly traded for-profit higher education companies.

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