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 in Bethesda, Md.

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May 4, 2010
Education Department projections suggest that the poor economy is continuing to push up the rates at which borrowers are defaulting on their federal student loans. Department officials on Sunday released a draft of a report on the "cohort" default rate for 2008 -- the proportion of federal loan borrowers who began loan repayments between October 2007 and September 2008, and who defaulted on their loans by the end of September 2009.
May 4, 2010
The attorney general of Virginia has ordered the University of Virginia to turn over documents as part of what he called an "open inquiry" to determine whether a former professor defrauded taxpayers while seeking grants for global warming research, The Washington Post reported.
May 4, 2010
Airing tonight on PBS at 9 p.m. is Frontline's College, Inc., an hour-long look at for-profit higher education, its investors, and the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to regulate it. For close readers of Inside Higher Ed, the documentary won't bring much new to the table.
May 4, 2010
Part-time faculty members in Maine's community college system have voted to unionize, affiliating with the Service Employees International Union, which represents many other state employees, the Associated Press reported. Union leaders said that the adjuncts need better working conditions and that they now teach a majority of courses in the system.
May 4, 2010
A textual analysis of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's speeches would turn up innumerable uses of a few key words: reform, improvement and, increasingly, innovation. The status quo in education at all levels is not sufficient, Duncan and his colleagues in the Obama Education Department frequently assert, which is why the administration has created (or sought to create) several new competitive funds aimed at stimulating new ideas.
May 4, 2010
Jeffrey A. Frick, associate provost for academic services and professor of chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University, has been appointed dean and academic vice president at St.
May 3, 2010
The list of higher education business and tax practices that have fallen into U.S. Sen.
May 3, 2010
A number of for-profit colleges are recruiting in homeless shelters, helping people there apply for federal grants and loans -- loans that they will be unlikely to repay when many them never advance far in their programs, Business Week reported. The article notes that these students are among those sending for-profit enrollments skyrocketing, with large shares of the costs (and the institutions' revenue) coming from federal funds.
May 3, 2010
The Rev. John J. Myers, archbishop of Newark, has called on Seton Hall University to reconsider a course planned for the fall on issues related to gay marriage, The Star-Ledger reported. Archbishop Myers said he objected to a course that suggested as "legitimate" the idea that marriage is not only for couples that consist of one man and one woman. The archbishop is chair of the university's board.
May 3, 2010
Thousands of education researchers convened Friday in Denver for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Those who scan the blogs or pay attention to leaflets outside near the convention hotels may have learned of another gathering to talk education policy -- but this conclave took place in a restaurant and featured perspectives to the right of many of those at the AERA.

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