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 16, 2009
The scandal over admissions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- in which the politically connected received preference, many times over the objections of admissions officials -- is following its provost to California. Linda Katehi, the provost, was recently named the next chancellor of the University of California at Davis, and now legislators want to know what role -- if any -- she played in admissions, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
June 16, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider an appeal of a dispute over the circumstances in which bankruptcy plans that include student loans can include a lower level of repayment than would have been the case under normal circumstances. The court is considering the case of Francisco J. Espinosa, whose repayment plan was seen as too lax by United Student Aid Funds. The U.S.
June 16, 2009
Education Department tries again to allay concerns that it is taking regulatory aim at career institutions, amid accusations that stock prospectors are sowing uncertainty.
June 15, 2009
After years of court rulings that payments to doctors-in-training aren't taxable, federal appeals panel, responding to IRS rule change, finds otherwise. Decision could be costly.
June 15, 2009
Virginia's high-stakes high school test -- and incentives used to get students to take it -- may have driven up grade point averages of college applicants from the commonwealth, study finds.
June 15, 2009
The rates at which college students engage in binge drinking and drunk driving and die in alcohol-related incidents are all on the rise, according to data being released today in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that drinking-related accidental deaths among 18- to 24-year-old students have been edging up -- from 1,440 in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005.
June 15, 2009
Several student groups have issued a statement to jointly back the open access movement in which scholarly research is shared online and free. Some journals and researchers are moving to this model on their own, and others have been forced to do so by federal requirements. Some in Congress, with backing from publishers, are trying to end those requirements. The student statement argues for open access as the best way to share knowledge. "Scholarly knowledge is part of the common wealth of humanity," says the statement.
June 15, 2009
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges on Thursday declared a state of financial emergency, citing cuts in state funding. The move makes it easier for the community colleges in the state to terminate tenure-track or tenured faculty members. A spokeswoman for the state board noted that no college has indicated that it will use that authority at this time.
June 15, 2009
John T. Casteen III announced Friday that he will retire next year from the presidency of the University of Virginia, having then served 20 years in the position -- an unusually long period for presidents of public flagships these days. Under Casteen, Virginia has pushed to diversify its student body and new financial aid programs have specifically led to increased enrollment of low-income students.
June 15, 2009
Babies who are breastfed are more likely to enroll in college later, a new study has found. The research -- discussed in an article by Reuters -- was based on 126 children from 59 families -- and compared siblings who were breastfed as infants to siblings who were fed from bottles. The study found that breastfed infants earned better grades in high school and then went on to college at higher rates.

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