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
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.
March 19, 2009
The governor of Nevada has asked the U.S. Education Department to exempt the state from a requirement that it restore several hundred million dollars in spending on higher education to claim its share of federal stimulus funds, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
March 19, 2009
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation that would more than triple the number of participants in the AmeriCorps national service program and create several new programs aimed at increasing the number of Americans engaged in community service, fulfilling a campaign pledge of President Obama's.
March 19, 2009
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on Wednesday issued a statement condemning efforts by a group of professors and others to organize an academic boycott of Israel. Weingarten noted in her statement that the AFT in 2002 came out against a push by British faculty members to boycott Israeli academe. "We believe academic boycotts were a bad idea in 2002 and are a bad idea now.
March 19, 2009
Add another item to the list of ways in which American higher education is the model for the rest of the world: the salaries of British university leaders is rising sharply, to the dismay of student and faculty groups, The Guardian reported.
March 18, 2009
British universities are divided over whether to embrace the use of a new top grade -- A* -- on students' "A level" exams exiting high school, the Telegraph reports. The University of Cambridge said this week that it would begin considering the new grade because its admissions officials found themselves rejecting too many students who had earned straight A's on their comprehensive exams.
March 18, 2009
A coalition of scholarly and civil liberties groups plan to urge President Obama today to abandon the Bush administration's approach of blocking the visas of foreign scholars and writers who hold controversial views, The New York Times reported.

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