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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August 14, 2009
The American Association of University Professors issued a statement Thursday sharply criticizing a decision by the Yale University Press, first reported by The New York Times, to exclude from a book about the controversy over cartoon images of Muhammad the images themselves. The AAUP statement said that Yale's position effectively was: "We do not negotiate with terrorists.
August 14, 2009
Many colleges ban smoking on campus. Grand Rapids Community College is now going further, with campus police issuing tickets -- first with warnings and then with $30 fines -- for violations of the rules, The Grand Rapids Press reported. Some students support the new fines, saying that too many people violate the rules. But others say that the fines are not reasonable unless there is a place where smoking is permitted on campus.
August 14, 2009
Cengage Learning said Thursday that it would become the first higher education publisher to let students rent as well as buy print textbooks directly from the source. Cengage said it would transform its existing online platform, known as iChapters, into a broader site that would allow students to rent print textbooks at 40 to 70 percent off retail as well as purchase print and digital texts and other materials.
August 13, 2009
Yale University Press will this fall be publishing a book, The Cartoons That Shook The World, about the furor that followed a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons making fun of Muhammad. But The New York Times reported that the book will not feature any of the cartoons themselves, or other images of Muhammad, including ones that are historic and have been widely featured elsewhere.
August 13, 2009
Karl S. Wright, who was named president of Florida Memorial University two years ago, is no longer on the job, and no reason has been given for his sudden departure, The Miami Herald reported. Wright did not respond to the Herald's requests for information about his departure.
August 13, 2009
Rick Pitino is not only facing a personal scandal, but it turns out that the University of Louisville basketball coach has a morality clause in his contract, The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Wednesday.
August 13, 2009
Gawker offers a tip for journalism schools, based on its blogging report on orientation this year at the program at Columbia University: Don't have an outside speaker tell the students to avoid debt, when they borrowed a lot of money to enroll and may need to borrow more later. According to Gawker, there was an "audible response" when the debt-laden students were given the advice that they avoid borrowing.
August 13, 2009
Charlene Callahan, associate professor of psychology and director of the environmental studies program at New College of Florida, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs there.William V. Flores, deputy secretary of the New Mexico higher education department and former provost of New Mexico State University, has been selected as president of the University of Houston-Downtown.
August 13, 2009
In collaboration with U. of California Press, digital archive plans to expand to include new issues, promising expanded reach and better technology for publishers and ease of access for libraries.
August 12, 2009
The push to simplify the process of applying for federal financial aid has been steadily building momentum, with federal officials (in both of the last two administrations) joining advocates for students and financial aid experts in a show of near unanimity on the idea that procedures and documents (like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) should not be discouraging students from seeking financial help for college.

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