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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May 8, 2009
Wesleyan University will resume normal operations today, after a tense day in which most activities were called off after police found journals of a man suspected of murdering a student on Wednesday, and the suspect's writings indicated that he wanted to kill other students, especially Jewish students. The university issued security alerts to those on the campus, and informed students when the suspect turned himself in to police in a nearby town late Thursday.
May 8, 2009
Intercollegiate athletics, dormant at Roosevelt University for 20 years, will return. The university on Thursday announced a plan to create a minimum of 12 teams over the next five years, with the first squads competing in 2010. The university will not offer athletic scholarships. Students pushed for the return of athletics. While Roosevelt is best known for having nontraditional older students, in recent years it has been enrolling more full-time, traditional age undergraduates.
May 8, 2009
A doctoral student's unpublished study suggesting a link between extensive Facebook use and lower grades received a ton of attention last month. Now a new study finds no such correlation. The new study, published in the journal First Monday, used large samples and found no negative relationship between grades and Facebook use.
May 8, 2009
Colleges have been quicker to green their facilities than their curriculums, as a 2008 National Wildlife Federation study showed, and a new report released by the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment Thursday aims to help colleges integrate "climate neutrality" and sustainability into their academic programs.
May 8, 2009
Laureate Education Inc. has released a statement outlining its possible vision for the College of Santa Fe, a financially struggling private college that the for-profit chain may end up operating under a bailout plan being pushed in New Mexico. The college is known for its arts programs and Laureate is known for its campuses in many countries around the world, primarily educating people from countries other than the United States.
May 8, 2009
Grove City College has suspended John Gechter, a molecular biology major, for his work in gay pornography, The Herald reported. Gechter had kept his job -- which he says he needed to pay tuition -- a secret. But the newspaper reported that another student spotted a photograph of him online, and forwarded the shot to many on the campus. College officials say that Gechter violated their code of conduct and that they are worried about the dangers he might face in porn.
May 7, 2009
A federal judge has applied a new federal law on when people can file claims of discriminatory pay by employers to a tenure suit against Jackson State University, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported. The new law is named for Lilly Ledbetter, who lost a suit on pay bias not on the merits, but based on when she brought the action. The new law extends the time in which plaintiffs may sue.
May 7, 2009
A federal grand jury has indicted two Detroit businessmen and six former University of Toledo athletes on charges of point-shaving and related offenses, The Toledo Blade reported. The incidents involved both football and basketball games, and the point-shaving is alleged to have been motivated by gambling. Lloyd Jacobs, president of the university, noted in a letter to students and faculty members that many reforms have been instituted to the athletics program.
May 7, 2009
The Modern Language Association is sending a letter to all English and foreign language department chairs urging them to organize discussions and activism to draw attention to the treatment of adjuncts. The letter follows on both reports and policy positions issued by the MLA, and urges discussions with department members and administrators, publicizing "best practices" on the use of non-tenure-track faculty members (including minimum per course payments), urging the conversion of part-time positions to full-time and so forth.
May 7, 2009
A local district attorney raided offices at the City College of San Francisco Wednesday seeking evidence that college officials illegally spent public funds on donations to campaigns on behalf of bond measures that helped the college, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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