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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December 2, 2009
Ronald Melzack, psychology professor emeritus at McGill University, in Montreal, has been named winner of the 2010 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Melzack was honored for his work on how people experience pain. Grawemeyer awards, worth $200,000 each, are awarded each year in in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education and religion.
December 1, 2009
La Salle University has agreed to pay $7.5 million to cover the lifetime costs of caring for a former football player who suffered brain trauma in a 2005 game, the Associated Press reported.
December 1, 2009
A new study examines an unusual situation within economics: Writing more papers can be linked with higher salaries for professors but also with lower reputations. Writing about the work, Daniel Hamermesh of the University of Texas at Austin, and co-author of the study, says: "The question is why writing more (essentially ignored) papers has opposite effects on reputation and salary?
December 1, 2009
About 150 students who said that they had more than 10,000 student signatures on petitions jammed a City Council meeting in Pittsburgh Monday, opposing a plan by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to add a 1 percent tax on tuition, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The mayor says that the funds are needed for city services, while students and colleges say it is an inappropriate way to raise money. Many of the students said that they were bothered by the tax plan's implication that students hurt the city.
December 1, 2009
Rutgers University, while denying wrongdoing, has settled a lawsuit by four groundskeepers -- three of them black and one a Latino -- who charged that they were denied promotions because of racial discrimination, The Star-Ledger reported. Each plaintiff will receive $71,875, and their lawyers will receive a total of $300,000 in legal fees. Both sides had agreed not to publicize the settlement, but the newspaper obtained it under an open records request.
December 1, 2009
Six former student affairs officials are suing the University of Southern Maine, charging that they lost employment there because of age bias, The Portland Press Herald reported. The university recently reorganized many student services functions, and many jobs were shifted, with those in old jobs allowed to re-apply for the new positions. Those suing, all over 50, say that their age was a factor in their not being hired. The university denies any discrimination.
December 1, 2009
Many European universities lack the autonomy they need to excel, according to a new report by the European Universities Association. The report notes that most governments voice support for autonomy (and cut back on the share of budgets they provide), but said that, in many cases, too much government oversight remains. Financial management is a key area where government controls remain, the report says.
December 1, 2009
The season for many college football teams ended last weekend, which meant the start of the season that follows: firing time for many coaches.
December 1, 2009
In first proposals on new rules on aid programs, Education Department suggests ending "safe harbors" on bonus pay for student recruiters.
November 30, 2009
AAUP asks Saint Vincent College to reinstate monk who criticized president, then lost job amid charges that he viewed nude men online.

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