The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the most active nonprofit players in higher education — to the tune of $472 million, Gigaom reports. ... Given the scope of its activity and funding, it’s hard for the foundation to not be a target for critics. And it’s been the subject of educational debate in the past: Education historian Diane Ravitch has been among its most vocal detractors of its pro-privatization efforts in K-12 education and, earlier this spring, the Gates Foundation rankled some parents with its new initiative to aggregate mounds of student data with the goal of personalizing learning. ... For example, some critics worry...

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