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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July 6, 2009
In theory, move to digital textbooks will help the visually impaired. But advocates say college experiments violate law because digital readers aren't accessible to the blind.
July 6, 2009
The ever-growing University of Illinois admissions scandal has now reached athletics. Many big-time athletics programs face controversy over their requests that admissions officers let in athletes with less than stellar academic credentials.
July 6, 2009
Mark Drummond, chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, took an unexpected leave last month and on Thursday announced that he was resigning, effective July 31. Drummond is midway through a four-year contract and no reason was given for his sudden departure. Drummond was chancellor of the district from 1999 to 2004 and then left to become chancellor of the state's community college district. He returned in 2007, saying that he really wanted to return to the Los Angeles job.
July 6, 2009
An English professor who has served on the admissions committee of the U.S. Naval Academy has set off a debate at Annapolis and in military circles with an article suggesting that standards have been lowered to admit more black and Latino students, The Washington Post reported.
July 6, 2009
An analysis of student loan guaranty agencies' budgets by the New America Foundation has found that 60.5 percent, or $948.8 million, of the federal payments agencies received in the 2008 fiscal year were for the collection and rehabilitation of defaulted student loans. In contrast, they received only $177.3 million for helping to prevent defaults.
July 6, 2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to release more information in the reports that colleges and other organizations that conduct research must file with the agency. The agreement settles a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States, which sued the department, saying that it wasn't making the reports public as it should have.
July 6, 2009
Two scholarly associations last week issued statements about the Iranian government's crackdown on students and professors at the nation's universities.
July 6, 2009
Tensions are growing between Bruce Leslie, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges, and faculty members at the five colleges in the San Antonio area that are in the community college district, The San Antonio Express-News reported. While Leslie has pushed for more collaboration and consistency in the district, professors have complained about a lack of consultation and a loss of autonomy for individual colleges. Some professors are organizing to oppose the re-election of trustees who back Leslie.
July 6, 2009
Legislators are complaining about a University of Wyoming policy adopted in May to authorize administrators to issue vouchers for the health insurance for the domestic partners of employees, The Casper Star-Tribune reported. The policy approved by the university's board allows the vouchers to be issued only if any additional costs can be managed.
July 6, 2009
Mark A. Sargent resigned unexpectedly as law dean at Villanova University last week. On Friday, police reports emerged identifying Sargent as a customer of a prostitution ring who cooperated with police, leading to the arrest of the man who ran the operation, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. University officials declined to comment except to say that Sargent would not be returning to the law school's faculty. Sargent could not be reached for comment.

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