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 MIT Technology Review:
The Coming Productivity Boom
By Erik Brynjolfsson
Although productivity growth, a key driver for living standards, has been slow for the past 15 years, there are signs of a coming productivity surge that may match or surpass that of the 1990s. Three factors will be the catalysts for the coming boom: the bounty of technological advances, a compressed restructuring timetable due to COVID-19, and an economy returning to full capacity. Read this article

From University World News:
The pandemic created short-term difficulties and longer-term challenges for international higher education, but the sector is unlikely to fundamentally change. Five key themes — COVID-19, climate, collaboration in research and teaching, China, and the commercialization of internationalization — could constructively address systemic social and educational issues compounded by the pandemic. Read this article
From EdSurge:
A Sideways Look at the Future of Higher Education
By Arthur Levine and Scott Van Pelt
While higher education is decidedly different from consumer sectors, a sideways look at consumer behavior towards music, movies, and newspapers provides important insights into its possible future. Although many universities and colleges have been spared from dramatic disruption, immunity from consumer-driven forces is unlikely. There is much to learn from the mistakes of other industries. Read this article

From Hyperallergic:
How an Art Museum Betrays Its Social Class Bias
By Truman Chambers
A former security guard at the Toledo Museum recollects how its hierarchical organizational structure made him aware of its treatment of socio-economic class with respect to its presentation of art. He uses a painting by Jules Breton in the museum’s collection, "The Shepard’s Star", to make his point and notes there was no mechanism by which frontline staff could help shape the museum’s content. Read this article

Further Reading
From National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series:
Tasks, Automation, and the Rise in US Wage Inequality
By Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo
This paper links the wage changes of different demographic cohorts to the task displacement they have experienced through automation and indicates how automation has led to growing wage inequality in the U.S. Read this paper

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