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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April 22, 2009
The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Legislative Council has voted to drastically shorten the length of time men’s basketball players have to declare for the National Basketball Association draft. Under current rules, players have six weeks to “test the waters” at professional workouts and eventually remove their name from the draft if they wish to retain their college eligibility.
April 22, 2009
How bad is the economy? Harvard University's career services office has started a new seminar to teach students how to deal with rejection, The Boston Globe reported. Among the lessons for students: the idea that there may be more qualified people than Harvard graduates for some jobs.
April 22, 2009
Most higher ed associations sign letter urging Congress to ensure Pell Grant funding, despite reservations about eliminating guaranteed loan program.
April 22, 2009
Regional accrediting group contemplates major shift that would separate "compliance" from "improvement," with goal of increasing rigor and transparency of former and flexibility of latter.
April 21, 2009
In move anticipated by many campus leaders, and feared by lenders and for-profit colleges, Shireman is named to key Education Department role.
April 21, 2009
The Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors has weighed in on the controversy surrounding President Obama's upcoming commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame, which some Roman Catholics oppose due to the president's support for abortion rights. In its statement, the AAUP chapter expresses support for Notre Dame's president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, for standing by the invitation, and expresses concern about "the efforts of external groups to prevent President Obama or any other invited guest from speaking on campus. ...
April 21, 2009
The Institute for Creation Research is suing Texas for the right to award master's degrees in the state. The Dallas Morning News reported that the suit charges the state with discriminating against the institute based on its views of evolution (on which the institute differs from mainstream science). The institute wants to award master's degrees to people who plan to teach science, and says it will teach evolution even as it also teaches creationism.
April 21, 2009
A California grand jury on Monday unsealed indictments charging two animal rights activists with 10 counts of threatening scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported. UCLA has become a top target for vandalism and threats by radical animal rights groups. The two who were indicted pleaded not guilty and are being held in custody.
April 21, 2009
A state audit has found that the University of Tennessee reported receiving $6.4 million in donations last year that the university never in fact received, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. The missing gifts -- most for athletics -- were in pledges that were never paid. University officials said that they have since made the necessary adjustments in accounting statements.
April 21, 2009
Three students at Lewis University, in Illinois, have been charged with disorderly conduct in an incident in which they are alleged to have made racial slurs to students in the dormitory room below theirs, and to have then lowered a noose outside the dormitory window, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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