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Weekly Rundown
At AKA, we closely follow trends and latest developments in higher education and the
nonprofit sector.

Here are some recent articles and reports that we found particularly informative.
From Inside Higher Ed:
Colleges Brace for the Effects of Climate Change
By Lilah Burke
While many universities are paying attention to sustainability by recycling, cutting emissions, and changing purchasing practices, fewer are preparing for the real oncoming effects of climate change. Immediate action is required to determine the localized impact of new weather patterns, create and implement resilience action plans, and prepare a radically different environment. Read this article
From Inside Higher Ed:
It’s Time for Engineering to Be Equity-Centered
By Alec D. Gallimore
Engineers have historically believed that they could make technologies that work for everyone, regardless of the identity of the engineer or the user.  But technology is not immune to unconscious biases.  It is now critical to think differently about what engineering is and whom it’s for. Diversity, equity, and inclusion should be a required part of engineering schools’ curricula. Read this article
From The Guardian:
Why America needs a Department of the Future
By Kim Heacox
Recent years have seen drastic changes in the climate, technology, and global intercommunication, among other things. These unprecedented changes require a radical shift, replacing cleverness for wisdom and a new focus on the future. This article suggests establishing a Department of the Future that would take the long view in which we become better caretakers of democracy and the planet, and focus on our great-grandchildren’s tomorrows. Read this article

From C-Suite Quarterly:
COVID-19 Impacted the Technology & Performing Arts Relationship
By Rachel Moore
The pandemic has forced the performing arts to make drastic changes to stay afloat; these organizations have pivoted to create digital content with live streaming or on-demand programming. Although it was a slow transition, performing arts organizations are starting to find their footing.  Many are discovering this digital transformation makes it easier to reach a more diverse audience with respect to race, ethnicity, and geography. Read this article

Further Reading
From The Brookings Institute:
The Great Student Swap
By Aaron Klein and Ariel Gelrud Shiro
Using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), this report finds that the share of out-of-state students in flagship public universities grew by an average of 55% since 2002 in an effort to increase total tuition revenues. Analysis of the data suggests that some universities appear to be caught in a vicious cycle in which they compensate for decreases in state funding by increasing out-of-state enrollment, which likely leads to less local political support for schools and a further decrease in public funding.  Read this report
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