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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 Chronicle of Higher Education:
Diversity in graduate education, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is essential to supporting the health of the U.S. economy and workforce. But expanding the pipeline of students from different backgrounds to advanced STEM degrees is hampered by lack of access and financial support for both undergraduate and graduate education. Read this article
From The Wall Street Journal:
The SAT and ACT Have Issues. Here Are Three Ideas to Replace Them
By Melissa Korn
The COVID-19 pandemic has inadvertently highlighted fundamental issues and inequalities of the SAT and ACT standardized tests.  While many see the tests as a convenient quantitative way to analyze student classroom performance and college readiness, others worry that it actually measures socioeconomic status.  Academics propose alternatives that could better gauge college preparedness. Read this article
From The Washington Post:
College rankings have fueled an arms race that has pushed higher education astray
By Susan Paterno
Education experts argue that ranking universities based on test scores has a negative impact on ensuring a high quality education accessible for everyone.  They note that institutions ranked ‘best’ were able to charge higher tuitions becoming more selective and accessible to those with resources and tutors, thus widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots  This not only negatively impacts lower-income students but also smaller schools striving to increase enrollment. Read this article

From The Economist:
Billions are pouring into the business of decarbonization
By The Economist
Venture capitalists, government agencies, banks, and private equity funds have been investing trillions into green initiatives and clean-tech startups with highly attractive results.  The success of companies like Beyond Meat and increased public awareness of climate issues are giving investors the confidence to diversify their portfolios and support clean-tech companies. Read this article
From PBS:
Want to stop climate change? Educate girls
By Marlene Cimons
Education is an important key to slowing down climate change, and experts argue that educating women is one of the most successful means of doing so: it increases their independence and  allows them to earn their own income, wait longer for marriage, and have fewer children.  Research shows that, among other things, women are more likely to prioritize climate and community related issues, so providing women the platform to be political leaders and scientific researchers has the potential to usher in a new age of climate consciousness. Read this article
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