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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.

A New Home for 'Change'

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Change magazine is changing hands.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced Wednesday that it would assume editorial control of the bimonthly higher education magazine, which is owned by Heldref Publications.

First Amendment Furor

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University press book sets off debate involving Alan Dershowitz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and charges of plagiarism and anti-Semitism.

Really Open Source

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Rice U.'s Connexions, which lets professors from any campus share materials, tries to challenge traditional peer review and publishing.

New Option for Student Shoppers: E-Books

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8 college stores plan to offer electronic texts this fall, but will they sell?

Google's Small Nod to Publishers

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Google has made relatively few missteps during its phenomenally successful corporate life so far -- and its officials probably wouldn't characterize its announcement Friday that way.

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