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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September 1, 2009
Research universities produce economic activity that spills over to their local communities -- but to no greater extent than the "spillover" effect that other types of local economic activity produce, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
September 1, 2009
Britain instituted new visa rules this year, and many universities are reporting early indications that their international enrollments could be down by as much as 20 percent, The Guardian reported. Universities report that some find the visa system complicated and that others are getting rejected for visas -- and then turning to options in Australia or the United States.
September 1, 2009
With enrollments soaring at many colleges and universities, those where students drive to class are more frustrated than ever. Features in the Los Angeles Times (on California State University at Fullerton) and by North Carolina's WECT (on Cape Fear Community College) look at how students hunt for spaces.
August 31, 2009
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis last week gave an interview to National Public Radio in which she answered a listener's question about adjunct instructors in a way that some viewed as questioning their commitment to teaching -- but she has now clarified her comments. The comment in question, found toward the bottom of this transcript, is: "[T]he continuance of involvement on the part of part-time faculty members I think is a legitimate issue and should be looked at.
August 31, 2009
The University of Illinois is eliminating the jobs of most staff members of its Global Campus, an ambitious and controversial effort to create a major distance education unit, functioning largely independently of the university's campuses and their faculties, The News-Gazette reported. A new distance education effort is being planned in its place.
August 31, 2009
David E. Skaggs, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, resigned Friday, after less than three years in office, citing a conflict with Gov. Bill Ritter, The Denver Post reported. The Post did not have details on the conflict, but noted that a draft strategic plan for higher education in Colorado, prepared by Skaggs, has upset some college presidents.
August 31, 2009
The rescue of Jaycee Lee Dugard, kidnapped at age 11 in 1991 and freed only last week, has captured widespread attention. Her rescue is due in large part to the work of two police officers at the University of California at Berkeley: Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs. Phillip Garrido, who faces numerous charges in relation to Dugard's kidnapping, came to Berkeley to ask about holding an event there, and Campbell suspected something was wrong with him and the two girls he brought with him. Jacobs ran a background check on him, revealing him to be a registered sex offender.
August 31, 2009
City College of San Francisco is going ahead with its idea of letting donors pay $6,000 to restore one of the 800 courses canceled due to budget cuts, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The plan was initially controversial, but gained support after safeguards were added to prevent scenarios such as a tobacco company sponsoring a health course. So far, eight individuals have pledged gifts to restore a course.
August 31, 2009
National Science Board urges barring "voluntary" sharing of research costs that is widely seen as favoring wealthier universities in grant competitions.
August 28, 2009
Lawsuits often paint a dire (and sometimes exaggerated) assessment of what will happen if the party doing the suing does not get its way. But there was no hyperbole when Paul Quinn College noted in the lawsuit it filed Tuesday against the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, in its assertion that "the college will suffer catastrophic and irreparable harm ... [i]f the revocation of the college's accreditation is not reversed and its membership in SACS is not reinstated.... SACS's improper act could be the college's 'death knell.' "

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