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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 Forbes:
8 Reasons This Coming Year Could Be The Hardest Yet For Higher Ed
By Brandon Busteed
Higher education leaders may feel optimistic about the coming academic year after perhaps the most challenging year of their careers. With high vaccination rates, declines in COVID cases and deaths, and near-full re-openings, U.S. higher education seems poised to rebound. But there remain many reasons why this coming year might be even more difficult that the past year. Read this article

From Harvard Business Review:
Design is moving closer to the center of many organizations, a shift that is not about aesthetics, but about using the principles of design thinking to simplify and humanize interactions with technology. This shift is in large measure a response to the complexity of many processes and services. Design thinking is an essential tool for helping people and organizations cut through complexity and imagine the future. Read this article
From Medium:
U.S Edtech Roars With Over $3.2 Billion Invested in First Half of 2021
By Tony Wan
The accelerated adoption of digital tools and the prioritization of learning and development has created an opportunity for the education technology sector to become even further integrated into K-12 education, higher education, and employee reskilling. Investment in ed-tech companies is unlikely to slow down. Read this article

From The Hechinger Report:
The underrepresentation of people of color in STEM allows for new technologies to reinforce rather than address the unconscious biases already rampant in society. In an effort to use data science and traditional social science methods to further equity and inclusion through emerging technologies, Howard University and Mathematica sponsored the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science to help train the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technology innovators. Read this article
Further Reading
From New America:
Back to Basics: Quality in Digital Learning
By Alejandra Acosta, Iris Palmer, and Lupita Romo-González
This report describes the successes and shortcomings of the higher education sector during the 2020-21 academic year with respect to distance learning and proposes Federal policy changes to build the ecosystem needed for more equitable and high-quality online learning.
Read this report

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