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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 University World News:
Higher education is key to building back better post-COVID
By Joanna Newman, Slim Khalbous and Hilligje van't Land
Universities were critical players at mobilizing local and international scientific responses to COVID-19. They will also be essential to a successful recovery through a unique combination of teaching, research and social engagement, including partnerships with businesses in need of re-skilled and up-skilled workers. The financial support and recognition of higher education are paramount to achieve an inclusive recovery. Read this article

From World Economic Forum:
While the pandemic has exacerbated doubts about the value of higher education, the collapse of universities and colleges would have far reaching consequences. Higher education not only still leads to higher income, but also serves as the guardian of free thought and a space where sophisticated and mature thinking develops. Read this article
From The Conversation:
Why graduates of elite universities dominate the Time 100 – and what it means for the rest of us
By Jonathan Wai and Matthew C. Makel
Although only two to five percent of all undergraduates attend elite universities, the alumni of these institutions have dominated the Time 100 over the past 20 years, raising serious questions about the pathway to societal prominence and influence. Read this article

From Quartz:
The financial crisis for US arts organizations has not been distributed evenly
By Karen Ho
Smaller arts organizations were less influential and financially robust pre-COVID than larger ones, especially if they were serving marginalized communities. The pandemic has challenged these minority-serving organizations far more than their counterparts. Read this article

Further Reading:
From Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America:
A century of educational inequality in the United States
by Michelle Jackson and Brian Holzman
This paper tracks long-term trends in family income inequalities in college enrollment and completion using all available nationally representative datasets for cohorts born between 1908 and 1995. The analysis  demonstrates that the trends in collegiate inequalities moved in lockstep with the trend in income inequality over the past century. Read this report

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