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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August 18, 2009
Nicholls State University’s redesigned mascot has angered some alumni who find it has a striking resemblance “to a soldier from Adolf Hitler's Third Reich or a member of Soviet Russia's Red Army.” The Times-Picayune reports that the university spent $30,000 to rebrand the logo of Col. Tillou – the mascot named after Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, university namesake, former Louisiana governor and Confederate officer.
August 18, 2009
At a meeting of the American Association of University Professors this summer, a trio from the University of Akron -- the Ad Hoc, Post-Tenure Under-Appreciated Band -- performed works on the priorities of universities, management in higher ed and other topics. Among the lyrcis:
August 17, 2009
Esha Momeni, a master's student at California State University at Northridge, who was imprisoned for several weeks in Iran last year, and was then blocked from leaving the country, was able to do so last week and returned to California, the Los Angeles Times reported. Momeni was doing research for a master's thesis on women's rights in Iran when she was blocked from leaving.
August 17, 2009
Some for-profit colleges are increasing their own loans to students -- even students with high risks of default -- to build enrollments, the Associated Press reported. While the trend is far from universal in the sector, it is raising eyebrows from some who scrutinize for-profit higher education.
August 17, 2009
The board of the University of North Carolina System voted on Friday to immediately cut the pay of James Oblinger, the former chancellor of North Carolina State University, The Raleigh News & Observer reported. Oblinger resigned in June under an agreement in which he was promised to be paid his chancellor's salary ($420,000) for six months, before returning to the faculty, where he would be paid as a professor.
August 17, 2009
President Obama has a long memory about grades he didn't agree with. The president recently met with Roger Boesche, his politics professor when the future president was an undergraduate at Occidental College. Obama has praised Boesche many times, but took some time during their meeting to reiterate his complaint -- made decades ago -- about a B he received on a paper about European political thought, the Los Angeles Times reported.
August 17, 2009
Five people were injured and five were arrested in a shooting incident early Sunday morning at Langston University, NewsOK reported. At around the same time, in another incident, there was another injury and arrest when a woman used her car to hit another person. None of the incidents apparently involved Langston students.
August 17, 2009
Rectors have joined other educators in taking to the streets in Venezuela to object to a new education law adopted last week by the parliament, The Miami Herald reported. The law makes "Bolivarian doctrine" the basis of education at all levels, a move that educators view as requiring them to indoctrinate students with the views of the ruling political party, the Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela.
August 17, 2009
Federal study weighs pros and cons of weighting federal financial aid formula to account for differences in students' cost of living in geographic areas.
August 14, 2009
Wisconsin denies state financial aid to students at Christian university -- not for religious reasons, but because it is not regionally accredited.

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