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, open educational resources (OER), and ensuring equitable outcomes for underrepresented students. In addition, Ekowo helps lead the program's public opinion efforts to capture American sentiment on various aspects of higher education.

As a contributing columnist for EdSurge, Ekowo writes on how technology can foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in colleges and universities. Her writing has also been featured in such media outlets as Pacific Standard, The EvoLLLution, Washington Examiner, Real Clear Education, and The American Youth Policy Forum.

Prior to joining New America, Ekowo worked at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Ekowo holds a bachelor's degree in government and legal studies from Bowdoin College.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

Manuela Ekowo interviewed George Siemens and David Wiley for her EdSurge column.


EDUCATION POLICY
Americans have spoken. Now it’s time to deliver.

There are a number of options policymakers and researchers can explore to ensure higher education can deliver on its promise.


EDUCATION POLICY
​OER Researchers Don’t Disaggregate Data on Diverse Students. Here’s Why They Should.

Manuela Ekowo wrote for EdSurge on how the promise of open educational resources may not be equal for disadvantaged or traditionally undeser


EDUCATION POLICY
5 Ways to Use Predictive Analytics in an Ethical Manner

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer's work on predictive analytics in higher education was cited in eCampus News.


EDUCATION POLICY
Walla Walla's Wines Help Students Get a Taste of a Better Future

For a winemaking program that serves relatively few students, Walla Walla's is making a pretty big impact.


EDUCATION POLICY
Report Proposes Ethical Practices for Use of Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer's predictive analytics research was covered in Campus Technology.


EDUCATION POLICY
Ethical Use of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

A discussion on how student data could be used to curtail academic success rather than help ensure it.


EDUCATION POLICY
Varying Degrees

Americans believe in the tremendous potential of higher education—but they also feel that higher education is falling short of that promise.


EDUCATION POLICY
Varying Degrees

Americans believe in the tremendous potential of higher education—but they also feel that higher education is falling short of that promise.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Students Are About to Get ‘Starfished’

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer's work on predictive analytics in higher education was cited in the Pasadena Community College Courier.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.