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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April 17, 2009
Players and the coach of the volleyball team at Quinnipiac University, backed by the Connecticut chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, have sued the university in federal court, charging that its plans to eliminate the sport violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The suit charges that, even before proposing to eliminate the sport, the university failed all of the possible tests for compliance with Title IX.
April 17, 2009
Yeshiva University, which invested and lost millions with Bernard Madoff, has revised its conflict of interest rules, barring trustees from doing business with the university, Bloomberg reported. Madoff was a member of Yeshiva's board, as was Ezra Merkin, whose investment firm sent Yeshiva's funds to Madoff.
April 17, 2009
Nine universities have received mysterious seven-figure gifts in recent weeks, in return for a promise not to seek the identity of the donor, the Associated Press reported. All of the institutions identified by the AP are public, and most are not flagships. The mystery donor used lawyers or intermediaries to deliver the funds, and requested that most of the money be used for scholarships.
April 16, 2009
Washington and Lee University has announced the return of a book to its library -- 52,858 days late. The book wasn't actually borrowed, but was taken by a Union soldier during the Civil War, when troops moved through Lexington, Va. in 1864. From an inscription written by the soldier, it appears that he thought he was taking the book from the library of the Virginia Military Institute (which is a neighbor to Washington and Lee). The book -- the first volume of W.F.P.
April 16, 2009
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute on Wednesday invited nearly 200 institutions to compete for $85 million in grants aimed at stimulating more innovative approaches to teaching science. To supplement the Maryland medical institute's standard science education program, it is offering supplemental grants this year designed to encourage more experimentation with curricular and teaching methods.
April 16, 2009
Sallie Mae, which as the country's largest student loan provider has a lot to lose from the Obama administration's proposal to eliminate the Family Federal Education Loan Program, is floating an alternative that would save the program but cut its costs significantly.
April 16, 2009
Valley City State University, facing an evacuation order due to flooding in North Dakota, will finish the semester with online instruction only. An announcement by Steven Shirley, the president, said that faculty members have been asked to be "flexible and creative" in finding ways to finish up courses. Valley City was one of the first colleges to give all students laptops, and it makes extensive use of technology in courses.
April 16, 2009
Protesters disrupted a speech Tuesday at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by former Rep. Tom Tancredo, a leader of the movement to limit benefits to those who do not have the legal right to live in the United States. Video posted on YouTube shows the incident, which led Tancredo to stop his talk. Holden Thorp, chancellor at Chapel Hill, called Tancredo to apologize for the incident Friday.
April 16, 2009
Student cheating, a common problem when it comes to American students, is complicated further when students cross cultures and ethical boundaries, sessions at registrars' meeting reveal.
April 15, 2009
As Europe looks enviously at U.S. research productivity, economists examine which policy changes are likely to spur innovation. (Hint: Autonomous universities and competition for funds.)

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