Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed is a media company and online publication that provides news, opinion, resources, events and jobs focused on college and university topics. In 2022, Quad Partners, a private equity firm, sold Inside Higher Education to Times Higher Education and Inflexion Private Equity.[2] The company is based in Washington, D.C., United States.

Inside Higher Ed
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TypeNews website
FormatOnline newspaper
PublisherMark Belles
EditorScott Jaschik & Doug Lederman
Founded2004; 19 years ago (2004)
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., U.S.
Circulation3.67 million monthly, as of April 2020[1]
OCLC number721351944 Edit this at Wikidata


Inside Higher Education was founded in 2004 by Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman,[3][4] two former editors of The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as Kathlene Collins, formerly a business manager for The Chronicle.

In 2015, Quad Partners acquired a controlling interest in the publication.[5] Quad Partners had also owned at least five for-profit colleges: Blue Cliff College, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Swedish Institute, Trillium College, and Dorsey Schools.[6] Quad Partners also invested in for-profit child development centers, preschools, and student information systems.[7]

As of 2022, Inside Higher Ed’s chief executive officer is Dari Gessner.


Inside Higher Ed publishes daily and content includes news stories, opinion essays and career advice. The publication also hosts several blogs on education topics, including "Confessions of a Community College Dean," "Conditionally Accepted" and "GradHacker."[8] It also publishes Admissions Matters, an online publication about college admissions and enrollment news. In 2018, Inside Higher Ed began publishing supplemental reports in addition to its regular news and editorial offerings.[9] Inside Higher Ed publishes a weekly podcast, "The Key with Inside Higher Ed," in which editors and reporters discuss the challenges posed to higher education by the pandemic and recession, with a particular focus on lower-income students.[10]

Since 2012, Inside Higher Ed and Gallup have partnered to annually survey higher education professionals.[11] In addition, Inside Higher Ed publishes the American Association of University Professors' (AAUP) Faculty Compensation Survey data.

Inside Higher Ed's content regularly appears in other publications such as Slate[12] and Business Insider.[13] Inside Higher Ed has been recognized by The Association for the Study of Higher Education[14] and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.[15]


  1. ^ Marketing Solutions Lab, Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2016
  2. ^ "Times Higher Education acquires Inside Higher Ed". Times Higher Education. January 10, 2022. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  3. ^ Annys Shin, Inside Higher Ed Emphasizes Online Focus, The Washington Post, March 7, 2005; Page E05
  4. ^ Lia Miller, New Web site for Academics Roils Education Journalism, The New York Times, February 14, 2005
  5. ^ Quad Partners Acquires Stake in Inside Higher Ed Archived April 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Education News, January 22, 2015
  6. ^ Goldstein, Alexis; Baker, Jim. "PRIVATE EQUITY'S FAILING GRADE: Private equity investment in for-profit colleges" (PDF). PE Stakeholder. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "Quad Partners Portfolio". Quad Partners. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  8. ^ GradHacker Now Available at Inside Higher Ed, GradHacker, September 16, 2014
  9. ^ Higher Education Special Reports, Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2018
  10. ^ Inside Higher Ed Podcast, North American Interfraternity Conference
  11. ^ Zac Auter, What Gallup Learned About Higher Education in 2017, Gallup, December 27, 2017
  12. ^ Inside Higher Ed, Slate, last accessed April 17, 2017
  13. ^ Inside Higher Ed - Business Insider, Business Insider, last accessed April 17, 2017
  14. ^ ASHE Special Merit Award Archived March 2, 2021, at the Wayback Machine, "The Association for the Study of Higher Education", last accessed April 17, 2017
  15. ^ Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award, "NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education", last accessed May 7, 2020

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