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 22, 2009
Pacific Oaks College has announced that Carolyn Denham is resigning as president after 10 years in office. The California college, known for its innovative approaches to teacher education, has been struggling financially and considering closure. While Denham has pushed for more fiscal control, many students and professors have faulted her for not fully embracing the college's non-traditional spirit.
February 22, 2009
The Abdul Rao controversy continues at the University of South Florida. A videotape caught Rao, senior associate vice president of research, taking a bike that belonged to a graduate student from a university building. Rao maintained that he did nothing wrong, and was trying to loan the bike to a homeless friend. In exchange for $50,000, Rao quit his job. Now, Rao wants to rescind his resignation. The St.
February 22, 2009
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act is the exclusive legal mechanism available to public college employees for claims of age discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a case involving the Nevada System of Higher Education. The U.S.
February 22, 2009
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a fraternity had the right to sue the University of Iowa for its use in a disciplinary hearing of a tape – made secretly and illegally – of hazing activities. But the court also reduced damages awarded by a lower court. The tape was made by a student who lived in the Phi Delta Theta house, but who was not a member of the fraternity.
February 22, 2009
A two-day protest at New York University ended Friday afternoon when several dozen students left a cafeteria they occupied -- without having the university meet any of their demands, which ranged from more financial aid to the release of more information about the endowment and budget to scholarships for Palestinians. NYU announced that it would suspend 18 students and the university blasted the way the protest was run.
February 22, 2009
Waldorf College, a Lutheran liberal arts college in Iowa, may be sold to a for-profit entity. A statement from the college said it was trying to “align its future” with an unnamed entity that would preserve the college’s programs. The Des Moines Register reported that the entity is Columbia Southern University, in Alabama.
February 22, 2009
The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday announced the arrests of four people charged with harassing and endangering University of California researchers who work with animals. In one incident, those arrested are charged with trying to enter the home of a researcher in Santa Cruz.
February 21, 2009
Ryan Allen, a senior at George Mason University who performs as a drag queen at Washington-area clubs, has been elected homecoming queen, The Washington Post reported. While many at the university see the election as a symbol of the university's diversity and tolerance, some students worried that the election would hurt the university's image.
February 21, 2009
Vietnamese Americans protested this week at Cypress College, in California, over a photograph that they call "propaganda." The Orange County Register reported that the objections are to a photograph showing a young Vietnamese woman wearing a shirt with the communist Vietnamese flag, next to a bust of Ho Chi Minh. College officials pledged to hold a forum for the protesters to express their views, but declined to remove the photograph from an exhibit.
February 21, 2009
Curious how much money might be flowing to your state for education programs under the economic stimulus legislation signed by President Obama this week? The U.S. Education Department has published preliminary tables showing how the tens of billions of dollars in new funds is likely to be allocated to the states, with separate tables on Pell Grants, federal work study, and the biggest-ticket item of all, the state stabilization fund designed to stave off state budget cuts.

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