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 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.
June 19, 2009
University of California leaders issued an unusually harsh letter about the Board of Regents Wednesday, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The letter charges that the regents have been meeting only every other month -- even as the university system faces a severe budget crisis. The letter noted the likely long-term impact of the university's failure to contribute to a retirement fund as it has in the past -- even as the stock market drop has decreased the value of the fund.
June 19, 2009
Federal investigators have sent subpoenas to the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University to try to determine whether ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich or his allies sought favors on behalf of applicants for admission, the Chicago Tribune reported.
June 19, 2009
The Education Department acknowledged last week that its Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education would have insufficient funds in its 2009 budget to hold its normal "open" competition for innovative projects, partly because Congress had crammed other projects onto the program's agenda.
June 18, 2009
President Obama will soon announce a plan for a major increase in support for community colleges, with the goal of promoting job training programs, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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