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Weekly Rundown
AKA|Strategy continues its commitment to stay informed about the latest in higher education and the nonprofit sector.

It is a pleasure to share these articles that we found both informative and engaging.
We welcome any comments or reactions to this edition of our AKA Weekly Rundown.
What you might have missed earlier this week
From The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Academic Freedom Is on the Ropes
By Alexander C. Kafka
Constant criticism from the political left and right have made it so even scholars and academics at odds with each other can agree that this is a pivotal moment for academic freedom. Some experts point to the general societal devaluation of higher education, state budget cuts aggravated by the Covid-19 recession, and the continued erosion of tenure as less visible catalysts for this troubling moment. Read this article

From University World News:
What do the next 10 years hold for global higher education?
By Heather Eggins, Anna Smolentseva, and Hans de Wit
In 2006, an international group of Fulbright New Century Scholars warned that higher education's massification, its transformation from a public good to a private good, and the knowledge economy would challenge the sector. Fifteen years later, those issues remain pertinent and will affect what the next ten years will be like. Read this article
From The Atlantic:
Why So Many Pandemic Predictions Failed
By Derek Thompson
In an interview, author and mathematician Jordan Ellenberg discusses disease modeling, gerrymandering, and other topics in terms of geometry and provides insight into why even experts find it difficult to make accurate predictions about the world around us. Read this article

From American Alliance of Museums:
New Survey Predicts Post-COVID Booking Trends for Museums and Attractions
By Lauren Voges
A survey conducted of over 7,000 participants in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the US reveals a readiness to return to museums and tourist attractions and a change in booking preferences, among other takeaways. Read this article

Further Reading
From American Council on Education:
College and University Presidents Respond to COVID-19: 2021 Spring Term Survey, Part II
By Morgan Taylor, Charles Sanchez, Hollie M. Chessman, and Anna Marie Ramos
This second survey of 244 higher education leaders captures how they are responding to the challenges of COVID-19 and identifies their most pressing issues. The findings reveal concerns about changes in admissions processes and applications for fall 2021; long-term adaptations being made to institutional operations; increased attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and growing concern about mental health and well-being. Read this article

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