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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:
10 Questions That Keep Me Up at Night
By John Kroger
Former Oregon Attorney General John Kroger muses about the future of higher education in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic and in the midst of a tumultuous political climate by posing ten thought-provoking questions. Read this article

From University Business:
Top experts urge colleges to require vaccines, step up COVID-19 strategies
By Chris Burt
As the COVID-19 Delta variant sweeps the country, many experts and public health officials worry that current higher education pandemic mitigation plans are not as robust as necessary. They argue that requiring vaccination for students, staff, and faculty is necessary for creating a safe environment on campus.  While some institutions have heeded this suggestion, many are hesitant to take the step. Read this article

From Politico:
For the second year in a row, the number of low-income students applying to colleges and universities has declined. Many college and career advisors worry that this discrepancy will exacerbate the pre-existing income gap. The continuation of remote learning and a struggling economy are causing some students to forego college for minimum wage jobs.  Experts argue that if these potential students don’t enroll after high school, their chances of earning a degree later in life diminish greatly . Read this article
From Brookings Institute:
How does virtual learning impact students in higher education?
By Stephanie Riegg Cellini
The continuation of virtual learning this fall semester may spell bad news for already struggling students. Many studies of the effects compulsory online education has on students indicate that it weakens their academic performance.  Researchers warn that students required to complete their degrees primarily online could potentially be less prepared than those who studied in-person . Read this article

From The Guardian:
An Afghan woman in Kabul: ‘Now I have to burn everything I achieved’

By A Kabul resident
The recent turn of events in Afghanistan leaves the future of women with higher education hanging in the balance. Many women have entered universities, and earned degrees that now may be worthless under the Taliban.  Female university students are now waiting to see how these political changes will affect their ability to pursue higher education. Read this article

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