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 26, 2009
Even amid the cuts and tight budgets of this economically devastating year for higher education, the University of California is hiring senior officials at top salaries and awarding large raises to others, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. According to the newspaper, the university has in the last two months awarded raises of as much as 22.3 percent to a half dozen senior officials.
March 26, 2009
Colorado College has announced plans to cut three teams from its athletics program: football, softball and water polo. In an open letter announcing the changes, college officials cited the need to cut spending. While many colleges are pushing to control athletic (and other) spending, Colorado has a particularly difficult time, the letter noted, because it is the only Division III program in the Mountain Time Zone, forcing particularly high spending on travel.
March 26, 2009
For the first time in its history, San Jose State University is rejecting qualified applicants. The San Jose Mercury News reported that while all eligible students from Santa Clara County were admitted, 4,400 from elsewhere in the state were told that they would have to enroll at other California State University campuses. University officials have been warning that they would be unable to meet the increased demand for slots, given the state's budget cuts.
March 26, 2009
Tufts University withdrew an invitation to an aide to Sen. Charles Grassley to speak at a campus forum, saying that university administrators couldn't appear at the forum along with the aide, The Boston Globe reported. The reason cited was that Senator Grassley (and the aide) are investigating possible conflicts of interest in federally supported research, including that of at least one professor at Tufts.
March 26, 2009
Rigorous eligibility requirements and a faster-than-ideal timeline for implementing the Academic Competitiveness and SMART Grant Programs limited college students' use of the two new financial aid programs, the Government Accountability Office said in an analysis Wednesday.
March 26, 2009
Blackboard, the leading course management company, is today announcing an application for the iPhone -- a device that has quickly become popular with many students. The new system will allow iPhone users to interact with their Blackboard pages anyplace they carry their phones. In a statement, Michael L. Chasen, president and CEO of Blackboard, said the application would "help students more deeply engage in the educational experience by creating learning opportunities that are not bound by time or place.”
March 26, 2009
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is today naming 50 top early career scientists to receive special six-year appointments -- in a program on which the institute will spend $200 million -- to focus on bold, high-risk ideas without having to worry about applying for research support. The program is a response to widespread concerns that young scientists need to be so focused on grant applications that they opt for "safe" projects over those that could transform areas of study.
March 26, 2009
A new book, The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University, details the experience of Kevin Roose at Liberty University. Roose was an unlikely Liberty student because he was there on leave from Brown University to explore an institution with different values.
March 25, 2009
Yale University has filed a suit in federal court seeking affirmation that the university is the legitimate owner of "The Night Cafe," a Van Gogh masterpiece, the Associated Press reported.
March 25, 2009
The Patriot League – a eight-member Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association conference – has adopted a cost-efficiency plan to help save money during the current economic downturn. Among other changes, the conference will set limits on the number of individuals that can travel with a team, eliminate awards banquets at its championships, and begin using teleconferencing for meetings of its head coaches.

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