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 in Bethesda, Md.

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April 12, 2010
Faculty members have voted no confidence in Provost Gary Olson, The Idaho State Journal reported. Olson wasn't available for comment about the vote. He has been the chief proponent of a reorganization plan that would merge many of the university's colleges, a move he maintains would save money. Many faculty members either dispute the estimated savings or say that the plan would increase administrative oversight in ways that would not help the university.
April 12, 2010
Paul Quinn College, a historically black college in Texas, has declared that it will not let its fight with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools get in the way of its survival. SACS yanked the college's accreditation last year, and while the college is suing over that decision, it wants a back-up as well, since accreditation is essential for the college's students to receive federal aid.
April 12, 2010
A man on a bike slapped the behinds of two women on the Ball State University campus Wednesday, and when the university notified students, the reaction was not what officials expected. A Facebook page devoted to the "Ball State Ass Slapper" attracted thousands of fans, T-shirts were created, songs were written, and the entire situation was generally made into a joke.
April 9, 2010
While Williams and Dartmouth Colleges recently announced that they were pulling back on "no loans" pledges for students, most of the colleges that in recent years adopted policies to eliminate or minimize loans are sticking with them, according to a survey by the Project on Student Debt. The project also updated its database of such policies, which vary widely in income levels that are eligible.
April 9, 2010
President Obama this week named the members of his administration's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, including a number of academics. Obama had earlier named Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, to be chair and James W. Wagner, president of Emory University, to be the vice chair.
April 9, 2010
Southern Catholic College announced this week that it will end the semester April 15, a month early, due to money problems, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Students will receive credit for the entire semester. College officials declined to say if the Georgia institution would reopen.
April 9, 2010
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday rejected an appeal of a former professor of the University of Texas at San Antonio, who sued for damages when the university cleaned his laboratory, and threw out some notebooks he says should not have been removed. The decision noted that the professor was warned several times that his laboratory posed a safety hazard. Further, the court ruled that he had failed to show that he had a "protectable property interest" in the notebooks.
April 9, 2010
Blackboard, the e-learning giant, and SunGard Higher Education, the information-management provider, on Thursday announced a partnership that they say will make life easier for the colleges that use both companies’ services. Under the new agreement, each company will make a new effort to familiarize itself with the other’s products, with the promise of better integrations between those products and better support if any of those integrations go awry.
April 9, 2010
When Duke University held a celebration of its basketball team's championship Monday afternoon, the university broke an agreement made with faculty members not to hold such events during class times, The New York Times reported. In 2006, the university agreed to hold such events only in the evenings.
April 9, 2010
The University of California at Santa Barbara accidentally sent notes to 60 applicants on the waiting list that they had been admitted, the Los Angeles Times reported. The applicants have now been informed of the mistake and are back on the waiting list.

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