Manuela Ekowo

Manuela Ekowo was a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She provided 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 helped lead the program's public opinion efforts to capture American sentiment on various aspects of higher education.

As a contributing columnist for EdSurge, Ekowo wrote 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.

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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.

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.

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.

Hand-in-Hand: Ethics and Predictive Analytics

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

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.