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 14, 2009
Lipscomb University announced Monday that it will create a new option for students to finish a bachelor's degree in three years. Participants will have to take summer courses, but they will still be able to save $10,000 in college costs and enter the job market a year ahead of others. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, was on campus for the announcement.
April 14, 2009
Oregon's government on Monday sued the manager of the state's college savings plan, saying the company's risky investments were negligent and breached their contract together, Reuters reported. Like many such funds, Oregon's College Savings Plan, into which parents and others invest (with tax incentives) to save for college, has taken a beating in the stock market. But Oregon charges in its lawsuit that OppenheimerFunds Inc.
April 14, 2009
Twenty pairs of African and American colleges were awarded grants Monday to help them develop collaborations aimed at attacking economic, health care, agricultural and other problems in Africa. The $50,000 grants, which were funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and announced by Higher Education for Development, emerged from the work of the Africa-U.S.
April 13, 2009
Students pushing for the resignation of Bob Kerrey as president of the New School took over a building Friday morning, and university officials responded by sending in the New York City police to retake the building. Nineteen people -- some but not all of them New School students -- were arrested when the police retook the building, and other students were also arrested. Students and many professors at the New School say that Kerrey has provided poor leadership for the institution.
April 13, 2009
Pennsylvania State University has stopped using and apologized for a video prepared to help faculty members learn how to deal with students who could pose a safety risk. The video -- no longer available at Penn State but posted by critics to YouTube -- shows a veteran as being unwilling to accept the grades he receives and unwilling to accept responsibility for his work. He accuses his professor of giving him low grades because of her opposition to the war in Iraq and makes ominous statements.
April 13, 2009
Many professors attacked by animal rights extremists have taken the approach of becoming as invisible as possible. But a profile in today's Los Angeles Times looks at a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles who is taking the opposite approach -- organizing a campus protest against the violent acts being committed by animal rights extremists.
April 13, 2009
Arizona State University may not think President Obama deserves an honorary degree, but it will name a scholarship program for him. At Arizona State, commencement speakers aren't automatically offered an honorary degree, and the university announced that it was thrilled to have him give the address, but would hold off on an honorary doctorate, given that he is just starting his tenure in office.
April 13, 2009
Louisiana State University has fired Ivor van Heerden as a research professor and deputy director at the university's Hurricane Center. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that van Heerden -- who does not have tenure -- was not given a reason for his dismissal, and that the university isn't talking, citing confidentiality requirements. Van Heerden played a prominent role in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, criticizing the Army Corps of Engineers, among others.
April 13, 2009
Among the papers that will be presented at this week's annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association is one by an Ohio State researcher, Aryn Karpinski, that documents a decline in college grades for students who spend a lot of time on Facebook, as opposed to those who don't, The Times (London) reported. The gap is the equivalent of a letter grade, the research found.
April 13, 2009
Public and private colleges begin to benefit from recovery law, securing capital funds more easily or cheaply.

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