Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder 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 wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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October 2, 2020
Federal court says Northeastern need not reimburse tuition for last spring's virtual shift; on-campus "fall break" or quarantine?
October 2, 2020
How does a country on the wrong side of a war go on to quickly become a tourist destination? In today's Academic Minute, Agnes Scott College's Gundolf Graml discusses one instance from World War II.
October 2, 2020
Today on the Academic Minute, Gundolf Graml, professor of German studies at Agnes Scott College, discusses how one country on the wrong side of a war quickly became a tourist destination. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
October 1, 2020
A major figure in Latina history has gone unnoticed. In today's Academic Minute, Eastern New Mexico University's Cynthia Orozco examines an important life few have heard of.
October 1, 2020
Today on the Academic Minute, Cynthia Orozco, professor of history and humanities at Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso, examines an important Latina few have heard of. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
September 30, 2020
Listening to the news can be overwhelming at times. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Heather Houser explores how art can help bring renewal to our senses.
September 30, 2020
Today on the Academic Minute, Heather Houser, associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, explores how art can help bring renewal to our overwhelmed senses. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
September 30, 2020
The number of young adults with COVID-19 rose by 55 percent from early August to early September, as most colleges were bringing students back to their campuses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report published Tuesday.
September 29, 2020
Many plans have gone out the window during the COVID-19 pause. In today's Academic Minute, Thomas More University's Jodie N. Mader looks into one such area in academic institutions.
September 29, 2020
Today on the Academic Minute, Jodie N. Mader, associate professor of history at Thomas More University, looks into how plans have gone out the window in academic institutions. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


August 4, 2010
WASHINGTON -- The public comment period for the majority of the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations aimed at protecting the integrity of the Title IV federal financial aid program ended at midnight Tuesday.
May 10, 2010
Amid increasing federal scrutiny of college sports comes the latest salvo: the U.S. Department of Justice‘s inquiry into the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s scholarship rules.
January 19, 2009
Overshadowing other news from the NCAA convention, Myles Brand publicly confirms illness and describes his long-term prognosis as "not good."
December 10, 2008
Regional association cites Alabama A&M and Webber International for financial shortcomings, lifts sanction against Texas Tech, and says Virginia Commonwealth has responded adequately to scandal.
July 12, 2007
At financial aid directors' meeting, sessions explore best practices on student financial literacy and assess 2 new federal aid programs.
May 23, 2007
Congress seems poised to expand tuition tax breaks for students, but will colleges be taxed more to pay for them?
April 2, 2007
Some institutions accept N.Y. attorney general's settlement offer to change student loan practices and repay disputed funds.
March 9, 2007
A House of Representatives subcommittee lambasted college leaders Thursday for their perceived failure in stemming the illegal downloading of music and movies by students. Committee members, responding to complaints by the entertainment industry that campuses have been slow to restrict copyright infringement, pressed for answers and made vague threats about possible changes in intellectual property law that could result if higher education as a whole does not adopt a more aggressive approach.
February 1, 2007
The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday that would raise the value of the maximum Pell Grant for the first time since 2002 and increase spending for several key academic research programs. Dozens of Republicans joined all but two Democrats in voting for House Joint Resolution 20, which would finance the operations of much of the federal government through the rest of the 2007 fiscal year, which began in October.
January 31, 2007
At meeting of accreditors, officials acknowledge need to measure student learning, but fear oversimplification.


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