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Weekly Review
December 3, 2021
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:
As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash
By Amy Qin
While acknowledging China’s record of stealing IP from American companies, US research universities have responsibilities to ensure fairness under the law for their faculty and sustain the welcoming, supportive environment for scientific talents from around the world. Only by recognizing that the intellectual talent of immigrants has fueled American research superiority can we both remain in that powerful position and counter Chinese efforts to lure back the talent pool that supports it. Read this article

From The Atlantic:
What Conservative Critics of Higher Education Share
By Virginia Heffernan
The recent conservative distaste with the way American universities are run is not a new phenomenon. Conservatives have been voicing their gripes about higher education institutions since the 1940s though the reasons for their discontent have changed.  While some conservatives say colleges are failing to "instill orthodoxy" in their students, others fear that they are not doing it effectively enough.  The main goal for many conservatives appears to be a desire for their career development and influence. Read this article
From Forbes:
The Best Higher Education Books Of 2021
By Michael T. Nietzel
From histories to advice, investigative reporting to original research, forecasts to scholarly analysis, this year’s best higher education books cover a wide range.  Among the most interesting are an exploration of the cost and worth of a university degree in The Price You Pay For College by Ron Lieber and the responsibility universities have to our democracy in What Universities Owe Democracy by Ronald Daniels. Read this article

Further Reading
From Stanford University:
The 100-year life is here. We're not ready.
By The Stanford Center on Longevity
With modern technology enabling average life expectancy to dramatically increase, it is important to anticipate the likely changes of the 100-year life.  The Stanford Center on Longevity has developed a roadmap illustrating steps to foster a positive environment for future generations. These include investment in public health throughout all stages of life, development of lifelong learning centers, and the adoption of a more flexible work environment. Read this article
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