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Cancel Culture

Building a Culture of Free Expression in the Online Classroom

September 8, 2021 by ACTA

Freedom of Expression

‘Cancel culture’ explodes with online learning

The vast expansion of online learning forced by the coronavirus crisis has led to a high-tech crackdown on free...

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Freedom of Expression

Report Addresses the Lack of Free Expression in Online Classrooms

When COVID-19 forced universities to shut down their campus, Zoom became the platform that connected instructors and students. However,...

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Be an Informed Board Member

Colleges and universities depend on informed and engaged trustees. ACTA’s tools and resources equip board members to be effective fiduciaries for America’s institutions of higher education. Be prepared for your next board meeting with ACTA’s trustee toolkit.

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Communicating Your Vision

The College Donor Digest  |  August 16, 2021 by Emily Burden Rees

Good communication is key to a rewarding giving experience. The Intelligent Donor’s Guide to College Giving explains that “donors and universities both benefit from clearly establishing donor intent in the gift agreement because it helps preclude potential misunderstandings about the purpose of...

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“I appreciate the assistance of the Fund for Academic Renewal in structuring the gift and my agreement. The guidance will ensure that my objectives for the gift will be honored by the University for many years to come.”

Angelo Pizzagalli
Founder of the Pizzagalli Chair of Free Enterprise at University of Vermont


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Protecting Students and Taxpayers

Read how policymakers can reform the higher education quality assurance process to protect students and taxpayers, preserve university and college independence and autonomy, and allow innovation in post-secondary education that will retain America's leadership.

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IN THE NEWS
  • Costs

    REPORT: Rising college cost outpaces improvements in graduation, diversity

    Campus Reform  |  September 14, 2021 by Angela Morabito

    An American Council of Trustees and Alumni found that spending on student services did not move the needle on graduation rates at 4-year public colleges. ‘Campus Reform’ spoke with one Johns Hopkins professor who called on colleges to ‘refund some of this money.’ Colleges’ spending patterns are driving up costs for students but do not […]

  • Freedom of Expression

    REPORT: Virtual learning during COVID strengthened cancel culture on college campuses

    Campus Reform  |  September 14, 2021 by Ben Zeisloft

    Virtual learning during COVID-19 increased cancel culture at American universities, according to a report. Large portions of American college students — especially those who identify as Republican — report self-censorship for fear of repercussions from professors and classmates. A recent report reveals that virtual learning environments during COVID-19 led to an acceleration of cancel culture […]

  • Trusteeship

    As students vie for voting power, a history of the Board of Trustees

    The Dartmouth  |  September 9, 2021 by Lorraine Liu

    The Board is responsible for the College’s financial resources, senior administration and reputation, but often feels inaccessible to and removed from students. Dartmouth has had a Board of Trustees since its founding in 1769 — as stipulated by the College’s Charter — to act as a fiduciary of the College. As the Board grew in size and […]

  • Freedom of Expression

    ‘Cancel culture’ explodes with online learning

    Washington Examiner  |  September 8, 2021 by Paul Bedard

    The vast expansion of online learning forced by the coronavirus crisis has led to a high-tech crackdown on free speech by teachers and students, according to a groundbreaking review of America’s new classrooms. The report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni found that the rapid shift to Zoom-type learning preceded a new wave of bullying […]

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  • How Colleges Spend Money

    Two out of three college students now graduate with an average of over $28,000 in student debt, and the price of tuition continues to rise at an unsustainable rate, faster even than health care. So how do colleges spend that money?

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  • What Will They Learn?®

    The goal of ACTA's What Will They Learn?® project is to encourage colleges and universities to strengthen their general education programs—so that students graduate better prepared for the workforce, ready to participate in their communities as responsible citizens, and acquainted with our cultural and intellectual inheritance.

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  • FAR: Fund for Academic Renewal

    Intentional, directed giving has the power to renew our colleges and universities. ACTA's Fund for Academic Renewal serves donors who want to make transformative gifts to higher education, gifts that help institutions live up to their highest ideals. FAR guides donors and their advisors through every step in the gift-making process.

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HOW ACTA IS SUCCEEDING
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    Colleges and universities have investigated their spending practices due to ACTA’s work. Visit our site, HowCollegesSpendMoney.com.

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    Institutions have adopted the Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression due to ACTA’s outreach.

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    Colleges and universities have improved their core curriculum requirements based on ACTA’s annual What Will They Learn?® initiative.
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Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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