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Weekly Rundown
Throughout the year, it is a pleasure to share articles that we find both informative and engaging. With the end of 2020 fast approaching, we selected some of our favorites from this past year’s editions for you below.

The AKA Weekly Rundown will be taking a break for the holidays and will be returning in the New Year.

Our team at AKA|Strategy wishes you a happy holiday season and all the best for 2021!
AKA's Selection for 2020
From American Association of University Professors:
A Marshall Plan for Rebuilding Higher Education

By Jeffrey Sommers, Mark Blyth, James Galbraith, and Luz Sosa
The ongoing erosion of support for public higher education, exacerbated by the current pandemic, will have serious implications for social mobility, the economy, and the ability to remain competitive. The authors argue why it is essential now for the United States to develop an ambitious plan, similar to the Marshall Plan in scope and goals, to rebuild the sector and successfully overcome the challenges. Read this article

From The New York Times Book Review:
By Barry Gewen
As the United States goes through a turbulent time, Hans Morgenthau’s Nations Among Politics, one of the most influential books of the 20th century, continues to provide thought provoking and relevant ideas on leadership and international affairs. Read this article

From The Atlantic:
The pandemic has revealed that a college education alone is insufficient. Americans are far more attached to the experience of college and university life than anyone thought, and they are not ready to give it up. Read this article
From National Association for College Admission:
Roadmap for Change: Reimagining US Higher Education as a Public Good
Higher education has not been easily accessible to many students over the past several decades. Instead of serving all students well, the sector has become a highly commoditized private good. This report suggests a roadmap for realigning institutions with the public good and interests of students. Read this report

From John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:
Leveraging Momentum: A Study of Strategic Shifts Among Eight Major Arts Institutions
This study analyzes strategic changes implemented by eight arts institutions in response to shifts in their operating environments generated by evolving demographics, audience/visitor behavior, funding practices, and community values. The institutions: Akron Art Museum, Barnes Foundation, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Opera Philadelphia, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read this report

From The New Yorker:
By Kim Stanley Robinson
This pandemic might change the way society mobilizes to face future challenges. Read this article

From The New York Times:
Don’t Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy
By Steve Lohr
A task force assembled by M.I.T. examined how technology has changed, and will change, the work force. The 92-page report, "The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines," was released on Tuesday. Read this article

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