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 in Bethesda, Md.

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February 5, 2010
Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University, is encouraging academics to rethink tenure criteria. While a spokeswoman said that there is no specific plan he has put forth, he told the Associated Press that tenure doesn't give enough consideration to teaching, and that the research evaluation may place too much emphasis on quantity over quality.
February 5, 2010
Oklahoma State University had high hopes for an unusual fund-raising strategy involving the purchase of insurance policies on major donors -- with the goal of supporting athletics programs.
February 5, 2010
A committee studying the future of higher education in Louisiana voted narrowly Thursday to recommend a restructuring that would create a single governing board for four-year public colleges and universities, down from the current three, and another for two-year institutions, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported. The Louisiana Postsecondary Education Review Commission, appointed by the state's Board of Regents and urged by Gov.
February 5, 2010
The Chinese government has removed the University of Calgary from its list of accredited institutions, a move that officials there believe is related to an honorary degree awarded by the university to the Dalai Lama, The Vancouver Sun reported. Calgary educators said that they hope the removal does not limit recruitment efforts or hurt the value of degrees held by alumni who are in China.
February 4, 2010
A majority of the postdoctoral researchers at the the University of Massachusetts campuses at Amherst, Boston and Dartmouth have signed cards seeking union representation -- and by doing so they have triggered the right for their union to engage in collective bargaining. The new union is affiliated with the United Auto Workers. The UMass unit is the first to represent postdocs in Massachusetts.
February 4, 2010
More than 41 percent of students who took Advanced Placement tests last year failed to earn at least a 3 (on a scale of 1-5) that would be considered a passing grade, according to an analysis by USA Today. The high failure rates, according to the newspaper, raise questions about the strategy of the College Board and many states of encouraging greater use of the AP program, especially in schools where students may not receive adequate preparation.
February 4, 2010
The Yuba Community College board on Wednesday voted to revoke a controversial $29,000 raise for Chancellor Nicki Harrington, News 10 reported. Board members said that they were starting a process to award a new raise, and that they acted because questions have been raised about whether their earlier vote to award the raise violated state open-meetings requirements. Board members said that they didn't believe they had violated the law, but wanted to remove any doubts.
February 4, 2010
In the latest budget cut, City College of San Francisco has called off summer session. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that many students are frustrated, given that they have been closed out of classes in the rest of the academic year and have been hoping to catch up by taking courses during the summer. While some surrounding community college districts have summer sessions, they give priority to their own students and may not have much room for those from San Francisco.
February 4, 2010
Yale University has become the latest research institution to announce that it is shrinking graduate admissions. A memo sent to students and faculty members Wednesday -- outlining a series of cuts and the need for more cuts across the university -- said that graduate admissions would be cut by 10-15 percent. However, stipend support will go up by 2 percent.
February 4, 2010
New York University on Wednesday issued a series of guidelines and rights for the workers who will be employed in constructing the institution's new campus in Abu Dhabi. The rights wouldn't generally be exceptional in the United States, but go far beyond the way many workers are treated in the region. Employees are assured eight-hour days, overtime will be voluntary and compensated, passports and other documents will be retained by the employees, health insurance will be provided, and so forth.

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