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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March 20, 2009
Opposition to Obama proposal to end lender-based program had been surprisingly muted -- until financial aid directors group spoke up Thursday.
March 20, 2009
As excited as they are by the prospect of tens of billions of dollars in federal research funds flowing from the federal government's recently enacted economic stimulus package, university leaders are nervous about the accountability expectations that might be attached to the money. Will research agencies expect that recipients will be able to prove that the funds have been used productively?
March 20, 2009
President Obama on Thursday nominated Gabriella Gomez, a senior education aide to the head of the House Education and Labor Committee, to serve as the Education Department's chief liaison to Congress. Gomez, senior education policy adviser to Rep. George Miller, worked as a lobbyist for the American Federation of Teachers before joining Miller's staff. As assistant secretary for legislation and Congressional affairs, she will be Education Secretary Arne Duncan's top advocate on Capitol Hill. She is well-respected within higher education.
March 20, 2009
North Carolina's community college system has spent considerable time over the last year on the issue of students who do not have documentation that gives them legal status to live in the United States, barring such students from enrolling amid rhetoric about protecting the use of tax dollars and preserving the rights of North Carolinians. But on Thursday, the state community college board received some unexpected news: It had been making a profit on such students.
March 20, 2009
New Mexico's Senate is blocking legislation to allow a state takeover of the College of Santa Fe, a private college that could close in May without a rescue plan. KOB News 4 reported that senators believe that the college may have more financial obligations than have been discussed. In addition, senators told the station that they worry about the state having enough money for public higher education. Gov. Bill Richardson, however, has pledged to continue to push for the legislation to save the college.
March 20, 2009
Relations between Bishop Joseph Martino, who leads the dioces of Scranton, and Misericordia University appear to be worsening. Last month, Bishop Martino criticized the university for acting as a host for a speech by a gay rights activist, saying that Misericordia was not being faithful to Roman Catholic teachings by allowing the appearance.
March 20, 2009
Negotiations to revive Antioch College and to make it an independent institution are making good progress, according to a statement released Thursday by the Great Lakes Colleges Association. The association has been helping the discussions between advocates for the college and Antioch University, whose board suspended the college's operations. The statement said that, of 45 items that need to be decided, agreement has been reached on 35 and "general consensus" has been reached on the rest.
March 20, 2009
The Institute of International Education on Thursday released a paper on "Expanding Study Abroad in the Arab World: Challenges and Opportunities." The paper notes great enthusiasm for the endeavor, among Arab and U.S. educators alike, but also a number of challenges. Among the challenges are: issues of credit and academic standards -- many U.S. colleges, the paper notes, will only grant credit for a few study abroad programs in the region, "those that they directly manage or are closely affiliated with other U.S.
March 20, 2009
James Franco's film credits in Milk, Pineapple Express and other works earned him "Man of the Year" honors this year from Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. But students at Franco's alma mater, the University of California at Los Angeles, are protesting his selection as this year's commencement speaker. Franco graduated last year, but not all the seniors like what they remember of him.
March 20, 2009
Surfline has released its list of the top 10 colleges and universities for surfing. Not surprisingly, California leads the nation, with 6 of the top 10 positions, including top-ranked University of California at San Diego and the runner-up, the UC campus at Santa Cruz. The rankings not only feature information about surfing quality, but lists of professors and alumni who surf, and a special "demerits" category that may run counter to academic thinking.

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