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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 Science:
Increased budget and legislative support from Congress may make the National Science Foundation (NSF) the leading Federal agency with respect to research spending and help the United States out-innovate the rest of the world. An interview with Sethuraman Panchanathan, NSF Director, indicates how he intends to manage NSF's growth and to align its mission with two current hot-button political issues: increased research security and greater geographical diversity in funding. Read this article
From Forbes:
Now Is The Time To #DoublePell
By M. Peter McPherson
The buying power of the maximum Pell Grant has been declining for years, making college less affordable to millions of low-income students and hampering their upward mobility. #DoublePell, a campaign by students and higher education organizations, calls for doubling the U.S. Pell Grant to $13,000. Read this article

From The Chronicle of Higher Education:
An Unconvincing Argument for the Liberal Arts
By Timothy Burke
For a long time, a major defense for liberal arts education has been that it prepares students for uncertainty and contingency in their postgraduate future. A deeper examination of this proposition suggests that assumptions about how to help students in this regard are mostly unexplored. Read this article

From Brookings Institute:
To boost college graduation rates, look for the successful ‘positive deviants’
By Elizabeth H. Bradley
To boost graduation rates, researchers have identified a number of factors that lead to dropout, but success has been limited over the last 25 years. A different approach—identifying "positive deviance" in individuals or institutions facing the same challenges as their peers but with better outcomes—may be helpful in boosting graduation rates. Read this article

Further Reading
From National Student Clearinghouse Research:
Persistence and Retention
This report examines first-year persistence and retention rates for the first-time undergraduate students during the fall of 2019. It is designed to help institutions understand trends and patterns and identify disparities by institutional type, state, degree level, and major field as well as such student demographic characteristics as age, gender, and ethnicity. Read this report

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