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Weekly Review
May 6, 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 Revolt of the College-Educated Working Class
By Noam Scheiber
As young, college-educated workers increasingly enter nonprofessional positions at companies like Amazon and Starbucks, they are giving the labor movement its greatest lift in decades. Although underrepresented in nonprofessional workplaces, college-educated workers feel empowered in ways that others don’t. They know their rights under labor law, feel entitled to change their workplace, and believe they’ll find other jobs if they lose their current one. With corporations increasing their workforces dramatically, the college educated will remain a progressive workplace force for years to come. Read this article
From The Washington Post:
Many Certificate Programs Don’t Pay Off, But Colleges Want to Keep Them
By Lilah Burke
Certificate programs are an increasingly popular response to a fast-paced, skills-focused economy, but many programs do not deliver the return on investment that students expect. Two-thirds of undergraduate certificate programs leave students worse off income-wise than the typical high school graduate. To remedy this, the Department of Education has proposed regulations to limit a school’s access to federal financial aid if its graduates earn less than the median salary for a working person with only a high school diploma. While these regulations are a good start in addressing the issue, they are not without their downsides. Read this article
From Nautilus:
The Power of Narrative
By Klaus Schwab & Thierry Malleret
As individuals confront seemingly overwhelming environmental, social, and geopolitical challenges, they risk falling into cognitive lockdownflipping from one small piece of a problem to another without building a cohesive whole and the capacity to dream up innovative solutions. The authors argue that the power of narrative, and more importantly, imagination, can help mitigate seemingly overwhelming challenges and build a healthy future. Read this article

Further Reading
From Brookings:
Dismantling the Ivory Tower’s Knowledge Boundaries
By Jacqueline N. Lane & Hila Lifshitz-Assaf
This report examines how the crisis-motivated, “bottom-up” shift to open-access scientific publishing allowed the world to devise medical, behavioral, and policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in record time. Noting in particular the need to expand open access to the social sciences, the authors propose actionable recommendations for grant funders, policymakers, publishers, universities, researchers, and journal editors, arguing that dismantling the boundaries of knowledge production will accelerate the advancement of science and democratize the scientific process. Read this article
From Eos Foundation:
The Women’s Power Gap at Elite Universities: Scaling the Ivory Tower
Despite having earned the majority of bachelor’s degrees for the last 40 years, master’s degrees the last 35 years, and doctoral degrees the past 15 years, women are far less represented than men in nearly all areas of college and university leadership. This report examines the scope and character of this disparity and offers recommendations, such as having governing boards report diversity data, establishing diversity goals and benchmarks, and appointing board members with DEI experience. Read this article
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