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Weekly Review
August 12, 2022
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 The New York Times:
The Case for Longtermism
By William MacAskill
The author argues that acting to positively influence the long-term future is the moral priority of our time. He imagines living the future life of every human who will exist and then poses the question, “If you knew you would live all these future lives, what would you do in the present?” Using examples from climate change to AI, he illustrates that—uncertain as the future is—there is great overlap between concrete actions that promote the common good for people living right now and for posterity. Read this article
From SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government:
Relieving the Burden of Student Loan Debt
By Brian Backstrom
All student loan debt should not be viewed as the same. With high-income earners better able to repay their loans, the focus should shift from reducing the dollars of debt (currently $1.6 trillion) to relieving the burden of debt. Proposals to erase large amounts of student debt across the board for every borrower ignore this distinction. This article presents several strategies to lessen the burden of student debt that are rooted in fairness and support the mission of helping students get to and complete a program of higher education. Read this article
From The New York Times:
Longtime University President’s Legacy: A Diverse New Generation in STEM
By Erica L. Green
Freeman Hrabowski led University of Maryland, Baltimore County for over 30 years and is renowned for transforming a once regional commuter school into the country’s strongest pipeline of Black graduates in science, technology, engineering, and related fields. Among other achievements, he evened out the graduation rate between Black and White students and established programs providing academic guidance, mentoring, scholarships, and research opportunities to set students up for future success. Read this article

Who Will Own the Art of the Future?
By Jessica Rizzo
As technology bores deeper into our lives, the line between original and computer-generated art is becoming murkier, raising questions for artists using technology and AI about who owns the works created: the artist or the company that developed the AI. OpenAI, whose Dall-E 2 allows the creation of images from a description in natural language (as opposed to programming language), permits users to commercialize works created on its platform with the caveat these terms can be changed whenever it sees fit. Read this article. (Explore craiyon, an early and publicly available version of Dall-E, by typing a text prompt, like “Time Square in the art style of Claude Monet,” and see what the AI generates.)
Further Reading
From Harvard University Press:
Empires of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China
By William C. Kirby
William Kirby, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, traces the rise and challenges of two leading German universities—University of Berlin and Free University of Berlin—and three American research universities—Harvard, Berkeley, and Duke—and compares them to the trajectories of three Chinese institutions—Tsinghua, Nanjing, and University of Hong Kong—in considering the future of global higher education at a time of increasing competitiveness. Further information about this book here
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