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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February 26, 2009
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together had about $114 million in investments under the control of Westridge Capital Management, whose managers have been charged with swindling $500 million from the fund to support lavish spending habits, including spending on teddy bears, horses and rare books, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The two universities are trying to determine their losses and their options.
February 26, 2009
The University of Michigan announced Thursday that it will no longer use live dogs in a medical school course on trauma and life support, The Ann Arbor News reported. The announcement followed protests by animal rights groups. Michigan's statement specified that it had determined that simulations could work for this particular course.
February 26, 2009
Faculty members at the University of New Mexico voted 329 to 106 Wednesday that they have no confidence in President Schmidly.
February 26, 2009
Southern Methodist University technically won Wednesday night's debate competition with Wiley College, but participants saw a moral victory for both sides. The Dallas Morning News reported that SMU called off a contest with Wiley in 1935, apparently concerned about civil rights activism by the coach of the historically black college's debate coach.
February 26, 2009
For years now, many resort towns have discouraged spring break visitors, fearing the damage they cause and the impact on business from families or business travelers. But the recession changes everything, Hotels that once wouldn't deal with student groups are encouraging reservations this year, and local organizations that once tried to keep student parties out of town have disbanded, The New York Times reported.
February 26, 2009
WASHINGTON -- Is it feasible for every American to have at least one year of postsecondary education or training? What would have to happen to make that possible? Would federal financial aid and other policies need to change? Would the distribution of students among different kinds of colleges have to change?
February 25, 2009
As the Obama administration prepares to unveil a bare-bones version of the federal budget for the 2010 fiscal year today, Congress is moving ahead with polishing off the 2009 budget. The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an omnibus spending bill, largely along party lines, that would increase funds for Pell Grant and several science agencies, but keep most student aid programs at their 2008 levels.
February 25, 2009
The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act has new life in a new Congress. On Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the bill, which would authorize $80 million in grants for study abroad, to be administered by a new foundation. An earlier version of the legislation fell short of passage in the 110th Congress after clearing the House of Representatives.
February 25, 2009
Tennessee's public colleges and universities are facing huge budget cuts. So students at Middle Tennessee State University are not amused about their institution spending $10,000 on a public relations campaign to get students to vote for a student fee hike to pay for a new parking garage. The idea that money that the students have already paid is being used to urge them to spend more has many of them angry. "Lobbying the students for a fee increase with student money is unethical and incorrigible.
February 25, 2009
A conflict over the state funding formula for community colleges is getting bitter in Nebraska. Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha, has been kicked out of the Nebraska Community College Association. Metro says that it wouldn't pay for lobbying against its own interests.

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