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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February 13, 2006
University will cover full tuition and fees for all students, including transfers, and freshmen who qualify for Pell Grants.
February 10, 2006
Diploma mill operators often manage to stay one step ahead of the law, changing their location or how they operate whenever state or other authorities zero in for a crackdown. And the laws and other tools available to regulators, higher education officials, students and others to stop degree mill operators are few and flimsy. So occasionally they turn to alternative tactics to fight the degree mills and other companies that help them do business.
February 10, 2006
As many as 1.5 million college students who probably would have qualified for Pell Grants in 2003-4 did not apply for federal financial aid, according to a study by the American Council on Education. A report on the study estimates that that number is up 76 percent over 1999-2000, and concludes that "more outreach is needed to inform low- and moderate-income students about the availability of financial aid and the application process."
February 9, 2006
Southern Illinois University announced on Wednesday that it would end rules that limit participation in three graduate fellowship programs on the Carbondale campus to either minority or female students. The announcement was part of an agreement -- to be filed in federal court today -- with the U.S. Justice Department, which has questioned the constitutionality of the programs. The three programs have between them only 28 of the 4,071 graduate students at the university.
February 8, 2006
After Senate aide warns private college officials about scrutiny on compensation issues, Santorum butters them up.
February 7, 2006
Bush budget would keep most student aid and other college programs at 2006 levels – except for those it would kill.
February 6, 2006
The meetings of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education tend to make one's head hurt.That's not a commentary on the quality of the ideas expressed (which, as for any committee of its type, run the gamut) but of their volume. With 20 commissioners and panel after panel of guest speakers offering their own views and recommendations and pet concerns, it sometimes seems as if the commission could spread itself too thin, or collapse under its own weight, by taking on too many issues in a scattershot way.
February 3, 2006
Better access for needy students and more "transparency" about colleges' performance top federal commission's early goals.
February 2, 2006
Colleges applaud Bush effort to boost basic research, but await details on which agencies will gain -- and which might lose.
February 1, 2006
In State of the Union address, Bush proposes doubling spending on basic research in physical sciences over a decade.


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