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Weekly Rundown
AKA|Strategy continues its commitment to stay informed about the latest in higher education and the nonprofit sector.

It is a pleasure to share these articles that we found both informative and engaging.
We welcome any comments or reactions to this edition of our AKA Weekly Rundown.
What you might have missed earlier this week
From The Hechinger Report:
Although the pandemic took a toll on enrollment, higher education had already been facing the effects of a known demographic downturn. Without this trend improving anytime soon, colleges and universities will need to make structural changes to lower student costs, provide offerings that better match workforce needs, and seek untapped markets. Read this article
From Inside Higher Education:
‘A Watershed Moment’ for Shared Governance
By Colleen Flaherty
A report from the American Association of University Professors summarizes how some institutions took the COVID-19 crisis as an "opportunity to turbocharge the corporate model." These instances of disregard for the norms of academic governance may indicate the beginning of a new era for higher education governance. Read this article

From EdSurge:
With New Online Marketplace, Community Colleges Hope to Better Compete With For-Profits
By Rebecca Koenig
After the success of edX and Coursera, a platform named Unmudl has set out to help community colleges bring their workforce-training programs onto a shared website. If the company successfully gets community colleges onboard, this collaboration would expand their traditional mission of serving nearby physical communities and help them increase enrollment within the noncredit space. Read this article

From The New York Times:
10 Ways for Museums to Survive and Thrive in a Post-Covid World
By Jason Farago
As the pandemic begins to fade and visitors slowly return, museums, already confronted with rising expectations and budget cuts, will need to take significant steps to improve themselves. This article suggests a variety of ways of how museums can change to thrive going forward. Read this article

Further Reading:
From New America:
Varying Degrees 2021: New America’s Fifth Annual Survey on Higher Education
By Rachel Fishman, Elin Johnson, Sophie Nguyen, and Lupita Romo-González
This report shares the findings from a survey of 2,620 Americans ages 18 and older of their perceptions of post-secondary education. It provides important trend data about how attitudes have changed over the past five years about the value of higher education, how it should be held accountable, and how it's funded. Read this report

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