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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June 23, 2009
Four members of Congress have sent a letter asking the National Academies to appoint a national commission to identify the "top 10 actions" that Congress, state governments and others could take to strengthen the international competitive position of American research universities, saying: "We are concerned that they are at risk." The signers were Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Reps.
June 23, 2009
Discussion of how colleges might respond to economic crisis sees possibility of major change -- and great risk if higher ed dallies like health care and journalism.
June 22, 2009
For two years, ever since New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo began hitting up lenders and colleges for six- and seven-figure payments to settle accusations that they had violated state laws with their student loan practices, his critics have wondered what he planned to do with the millions of dollars he's collected.
June 22, 2009
Like community colleges throughout California, City College of San Francisco is facing such deep budget cuts that it is planning to eliminate hundreds of courses and sections. So the college is offering donors the ability to save a course -- and have the course named for them -- for $6,000, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. Currently, about 800 classes are slated to be canceled.
June 22, 2009
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MDC Inc. are today announcing $16.5 million in grants to 15 community colleges in 6 states to expand remedial education efforts that appear to be having significantly more success than the norm. More than 133,000 students take remedial courses at the colleges involved and the rate at which students move from remedial to college-level work went from 16 to 20 percent for those involved. The strategies involve the use of technology to teach basic skills, mentorships and better coordination between high schools and community colleges.
June 22, 2009
DePaul University has removed Glen Weissenberger as dean of the law school -- amid a dispute over the law school's financial contributions to the university, according to the Chicago Tribune. Weissenberger lost his job (but will remain on the faculty) after he complained to the American Bar Association about what he saw as the university's disregard for an agreement under which the law school gets to keep 75 percent of its net tuition revenues.
June 22, 2009
Examples continue to materialize of ways in which the University of Illinois altered normal admissions processes on behalf of politically connected applicants, according to two new articles in the Chicago Tribune. One article reported on nearly 100 instances in which trustees intervened on behalf of individual applicants.
June 22, 2009
Eleven faculty doctors at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health received at least $50,000 from drug or medical device companies, with seven receiving at least $100,000, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. Last year was the first in which the faculty members were required to report on such outside income, and the newspaper requested the records.
June 22, 2009
The University of Maryland Board of Regents on Friday approved the merger of Baltimore Hebrew University, which operates small graduate programs to train teachers for Jewish schools, into Towson University, The Baltimore Sun reported. Baltimore Hebrew has been supported by Jewish philanthropy, but is not affiliated with any Jewish denomination.
June 22, 2009
Brian Diaz, president of Liberty University's now banned College Democrats, has quit his position and announced that he plans to tranfer to another college -- one where Democratic organizations are permitted, The Lynchburg News & Advance reported.

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