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 1, 2008
In many discussions about the international standing of American higher education, China is the 800-pound gorilla -- the emerging scientific and technological superpower whose newfound focus on building a first-class postsecondary system poses a major threat to the national economic competitiveness and individual well being in the United States.
March 28, 2008
It is hardly uncommon for officials at organizations that have just hired new leaders to express great enthisiasm about the men or women they've just selected. It's a little rarer, though, when those expressions of satisfaction also ring loudly with wonderment, as if the organization is almost surprised by its good fortune in lassoing the candidate. And rarer still when the organization is widely viewed as a preeminent one that is accustomed to getting what it wants.
March 28, 2008
Florida State U. has virtually eliminated a problem that plagues many campuses by charging instructors $10 per grade every time they miss a deadline for reporting students' scores.
March 28, 2008
An agitated student with a gun held a counselor at the University of Louisville hostage temporarily Thursday morning before surrendering -- and police officers later found that she had come to the campus after allegedly killing her two children. In a note to the campus, President Jim Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz laid out how the situation unfolded, including the university's sending of a campuswide alert urging students to stay away from the campus health services center.
March 27, 2008
Perception that they focus only on hitting numbers and increasing test scores nettles them. But they also admit many colleges operate that way -- and find it hard to fight pressures from on high.
March 26, 2008
A handful of colleges have left the guaranteed student loan program for direct lending. Whether many others follow may largely depend on how many more lenders bolt the market.
March 26, 2008
A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by four high school students who claimed that Turnitin, a popular plagiarism detection service used by many schools and colleges, violated their ownership rights to their own papers. The ruling said that the box students check consenting to having their papers reviewed (and stored) makes it impossible for the students to sue. Because the students checked the box, they gave consent, even if they also stated their objections, the decision said. Further, the ruling defended the right of educational institutions to use services like Turnitin.
March 25, 2008
Days after Inside Higher Ed reported on state senator's $10,000-a-month arrangement with center she helped the state create, she says she'll work as a volunteer.
March 25, 2008
Anthony Joseph Aretz, academic vice president at Christian Brothers University, in Tennessee, has been appointed president of the College of Mount St.
March 24, 2008
Education Department's proposed regulations to govern TEACH Grants cannot address program's fatal flaw: Many students will have to repay funds as loans.

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