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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 The Hill:
Improving intellectual infrastructure in American higher education
By Michael M. Crow and William Dabars
While the United States appears to be getting serious about improving our "hard" physical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and airports, policy makers should broaden their understanding of infrastructure to include our intellectual infrastructure. To achieve real social progress, it is critical to address the "soft" infrastructure that improves the quality of life, beginning with healthcare and education. Read this article

From Inside Higher Ed:
4 Key Steps to Support Justice-Impacted Students
By Eddie Phillips Jr. and Bradley D. Custer
Equal access to quality education is something that the United States prides itself on, but there is one demographic of prospective students that find it more difficult to access this education than others. Those impacted by the justice system face significant roadblocks, but some community colleges have taken the initiative to allocate resources to help such students, including ensuring open access, making legal resources readily available, providing targeted support services, and making available specialized advice on majors and career options. Read this article

From The Atlantic:
A Crimson Tide of Debt
By Josh Mitchell
The issue of expecting students to take on massive loans in the face of declining public support for higher education is a complex one. This case study examines how the University of Alabama slowly but consistently raised tuition rates until the cost became unmanageable for many low income students, forcing them to assume unsupportable levels of debt, leaving them are no better off than they were before. Read this article
From The Conversation:
234 scientists read 14,000+ research papers to write the upcoming IPCC climate report – here’s what you need to know and why it’s a big deal
By Stephanie Spera
Hundreds of scientists from around the world are finalizing a report that assesses the state of global climate for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC issues a "state of the climate" report every seven years summarizing the most up-to-date peer-reviewed research on climate science. The upcoming report will indicate how much has changed since 2013 when the last such report was published. Read this article

From The New York Times:
What if Humans Just Can’t Get Along Anymore?
By Farhad Manjoo
It may be that humanity has lost its capacity to get along when confronted with such collective global challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. On the other hand, there is considerable scholarship on how humans coordinate their actions in response to natural threats. Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom showed there are countless examples of people coming together to create rules and institutions to manage collective resources, making individual sacrifices in the interest of collective good. Read this article

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