Manuela Ekowo

Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Manuela Ekowo is a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She provides research and analysis on policies related to higher education including innovations in higher education delivery, the use of technology, and ensuring equitable outcomes for underrepresented students. Her writing has been featured in such media outlets as EdSurge, Pacific Standard, The EvoLLLution, and The American Youth Policy Forum.

Prior to joining New America, Ekowo worked at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) as a research assistant where she provided research support and analysis on various higher education policies with a focus on access and success for low-income, nontraditional students. She also served as the project manager for CLASP's Alliance for Quality Career Pathways. Ekowo holds a bachelor's degree in government and legal studies from Bowdoin College.

All Work

This Mathematician Brought Big Data To Advising. Then Deeper Questions Emerged.

Iris Palmer and Manuela Ekowo's report was cited by an EdSurge article on the use of big data in college advising.

We Should All Be Political, Even If We’re Not All Partisan

Nonpartisan doesn’t mean indifference, neither can—or should—it preclude anyone from being political.

Hidden STEM Figures

Predictive analytics could close the gender gap in STEM, if they're used correctly.

When Using Data to Predict Outcomes, Consider the Ethical Dilemmas, New Report Urges

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer were quoted by the Hechinger Report on the the new report, Predictive Analytics in Higher Education.

'Conversation Starter' on Ethical Data Use

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer were quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article on the release and contents of a report on predictive analytics.

Hand-in-Hand: Ethics and Predictive Analytics

A new framework offers ethical practices colleges should consider when using predictive analytics.

Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

Using data ethically is complex, and no magic formula exists. This ethical framework is meant to start conversations on campus.

The Continued Mis-Education of Black Americans

While much has changed over the past 80-plus years, legacies of racial discrimination have cut short black educational progress.

With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More

Manuela Ekowo interviewed the staff at Central Piedmont Community College about how to make use of adaptive technologies.

Are Elite Universities Committed to Openness?

MOOC-era leaders have not embraced OER-based degree programs.

Obama Has Made Perpetual Warfare the New Normal

Manuela Ekowo's blog post about using laptops in class was quoted in the Washington Examiner.

Students’ No. 1 Higher Education Obstacle May Surprise You

When college students were asked about the major obstacles with pursuing a college education, the cost of textbooks took first place.