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.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
Laptops in the Classroom Stops Lecturing, Not Learning

Laptop and technology bans preserve and protect lectures, not learning.


EDUCATION POLICY
What Every College Administrator Should Know about Predictive Analytics

Manuela Ekowo wrote for the EvoLLLution about the myths of predictive analytics on college campuses.


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Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed

Manuela Ekowo wrote for EdSurge about the areas that the Trump Administration's education agenda should address.


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Schools Use Data To Predict Student Performance

Manuela Ekowo joined Georgia Public Broadcasting to speak about the use of predictive analytics in higher education.


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Predictive Analytics Determines Student Success

Manuela Ekowo was quoted in the Daily Texan about how predictive analytics are used to identify at-risk students.


Not Too Big to Fail: Big Data in Higher Education

Colleges and universities are using big data in a variety of ways to recruit and support students.


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How One University Used Big Data To Boost Graduation Rates

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer's report, The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education, was cited in NPR.


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Colleges Are Paying as Little as 50 Cents per Student to Gain Personal Information for Admissions Decisions

Manuela Ekowo was quoted in Business Insider about the money that the College Board, ACT, and NRCCUA make from selling student data.


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College Admissions Teams are Ranking Students on a 0-10 Scale Based on Factors They Can't Control

Manuela Ekowo was quoted in Business Insider about the use of predictive analytics in college admissions.


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No Walk in the Park: Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

A new paper lays out how and why colleges and universities are using predictive analytics to enroll students and ensure their success.


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The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

In this report we look at how predictive analytics are used in higher education and the ethical concerns associated with its use.


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Colleges Need to Use Predictive Data to Enhance—Not Hinder—Diversity

Manuela Ekowo wrote for EdSurge about the use of predictive data in college enrollment processes.