Publishing

'Lessons From the Edge'

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Much of traditional academe doesn't know what to make of for-profit higher education. Is it to be emulated or feared? Gary A. Berg, dean of extended education at California State University Channel Islands, studied the sector -- and received extensive access to University of Phoenix administrators and faculty members. The result is Lessons From the Edge: For-Profit and Nontraditional Higher Education in America, recently published as part of the American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.

'From Concentration Camp to Campus'

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The internment of Japanese Americans in World War II remains a shameful episode in American history. In From Concentration Camp to Campus: Japanese American Students and World War II (University of Illinois Press), Allan W. Austin focuses on a positive event during the internments. More than 4,000 college students were allowed to leave the camps to enroll in colleges -- provided that the colleges would accept them and were not on the West Coast.

Boycott Against McGraw-Hill

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Can professors nationwide band together to battle the clout of Texas school boards? One professor, fed up with the influence of Texas educators on children's knowledge of sex and science, is trying to find out.

Sean G. Massey, the professor, got angry last fall, as he was reading about the latest skirmishes between textbook publishers and Texas school officials.

3 Historians Win Bancrofts

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Columbia prizes honor works on antebellum Virginia, race and the Supreme Court, and Southern intellectualism.

A New Form of Cheating

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A publisher announces suits over sales of special text guides -- with test answers -- that are available only to professors, but being sold online by students.

Economists and You

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There's a surprising source for research on controversial topics in higher education: economists. In their journals and at their scholarly meetings, they are spending a lot of time analyzing issues that are important to many academics.

The American Economic Association met this weekend in Philadelphia. Here are some of the findings of interest to academics who aren't economists:

Priorities for a Press

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Nebraska shrinks its staff and its office to avoid cutting the number of books that it publishes.

Going After Textbook Prices

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A student group upset over high prices is now focusing on individual offerings -- starting with an intro physics book.

Son of Sokal: Conference Accepts Bogus Paper

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MIT grad students use computer program to generate substance-free paper -- with plenty of jargon and graphs -- and a conference accepts it.

Toe-to-Toe Over Textbooks

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Publishers and a student advocacy group trade charges.

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