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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November 10, 2009
Luke Ravenstahl, mayor of Pittsburgh, is proposing a 1 percent tax on college tuition, hoping to raise millions to help close the city's deficit, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Like other cities, Pittsburgh has long complained about the impact of tax exempt institutions on city services. The plan is expected to face strong opposition from colleges and universities.
November 10, 2009
Bandeirante University, in Brazil, on Monday announced that it was reversing the expulsion of a student who was kicked out for wearing a very short skirt, the Associated Press reported. The university did not announce why it was reversing its decision, but many Brazilians had mocked the student's ouster, noting that skimpy attire is common in the country.
November 9, 2009
Six universities today will issue a joint pledge to make patent and licensing decisions on drugs developed at their institutions in ways that encourage low-cost distribution of the medicines in poor countries, Bloomberg reported. The pledge follows a push by students and others who have drawn attention to pricing policies that effectively deny access to life-saving drugs -- many of them created by university researchers, with federal funds -- in much of the developing world.
November 9, 2009
Mark W. Huddleston, president of the University of New Hampshire, last week published a letter in the student newspaper raising questions about how a number of students saw - and did nothing -- during an assault on a fellow student on Halloween night. "We are a community. That means we are supposed to look out for and take care of one another. That didn’t happen Saturday night," he write.
November 9, 2009
Even if Congress and President Obama agree on health care reform legislation, much of the actual reform will require the work of academic medicine, said Darrell G. Kirch, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, in a speech Sunday opening the association's annual meeting. Kirch reviewed the developments in the last year, from the excitement of many in medicine about the possibility for meaningful reform to the disappointments over town hall meetings this summer.
November 9, 2009
Many students at Northwestern University are upset over the blackface Halloween costumes of some white students, NBC Chicago reported. Morton O. Schapiro, Northwestern's president, sent an e-mail to students saying: “While I fully support the principles of free expression, at the same time I am deeply disappointed to see any example of insensitivity that demeans a segment of our community." A forum on the incident Thursday night attracted many students.
November 9, 2009
With a decision expected this week at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology on a proposal to boycott Israeli universities and academics, American groups are stepping up opposition to the boycott. The American Association of University Professors released a statement Friday urging the university to reject the boycott idea.
November 9, 2009
A former student at the University of Michigan at Flint is suing the institution for $40 million, saying he dropped out and suffered from debt and depression because of the way the institution responded to a complaint about a grade, The Flint News reported.
November 9, 2009
The athletics department at the University of New Mexico is spending a lot of time on physical altercation issues. On Friday, the university announced that it was moving control of personnel issues previously handled by the department to the university's central human resources department, the Associated Press reported. The announcement follows the university's admission of mistakes in investigating claims by an assistant football coach, J.B.
November 9, 2009
A federal judge in Texas on Friday granted a temporary injunction allowing two students to wear empty holsters in public spaces at Tarrant County College as part of a national series of student protests this week over laws or policies barring concealed weapons on college campuses.

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