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READ: The State Must Provide: Why America’s Colleges Have Always Been Unequal — and How to Set Them Right 

Described as a “must-read” by The New York Times, Adam Harris’ new book explores the legacies of discriminatory policies and inequitable government funding that have long plagued historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). While recent efforts — ranging from the sizable donations of MacKenzie Scott and other philanthropists to the hiring of high-profile faculty such as Ta-Nehisi Coates — have thrust these institutions into the national spotlight, Harris argues that these advancements are far from enough when it comes to bridging historic inequities. Rather, the government must be held responsible for helping HBCUs become innovative, modern colleges on par with predominantly White institutions (PWIs). By tracing the intricate methods long used by PWIs and politicians to subvert funding and resources for HBCUs, Harris reveals why government restitution is the best way forward for these colleges and universities. Published by HarperCollins Publishers

WATCH: Born for Business

The new docuseries Born for Business chronicles the journeys of four young people with disabilities who pursue their dreams of launching and running small businesses. The 10-part show highlights the innovation of entrepreneurs such as Collette Divitto, who created her own baking company after struggling to find employment as a person with Down syndrome. Other entrepreneurs featured struggle with anxiety, lupus, and muscular dystrophy. “With Born for Business, we are showing how people with disabilities have long been using entrepreneurship to create an economic livelihood for themselves,” states producer Jonathan Murray. Streaming on Peacock

LISTEN: EdSurge: “Why the Coming ‘Upheaval’ in Higher Ed May Change Notions of Equity and Prestige”

In this episode of the weekly EdSurge podcast, host Jeff Young interviews Adam Levine, a longtime administrator and educator, about his expectations for the future of higher education. Levine predicts that the rising popularity of online learning will soon bring changes “bigger and even more disruptive than many college leaders even realize,” Young explains. The popularity of online learning and the academy’s evolving standards for equity and access are just a few of the factors that will lead to a transformed higher education landscape, according to Levine. Available on and all major podcast apps

This article was published in our October 2021 issue.