Campus leaders across the United States are scrambling to figure out how to cope with the brutal economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

For 25 years, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) had been the leader in promoting academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability in American higher education. Now, ACTA seeks to educate the public on how colleges and universities can not only survive this crisis but emerge stronger and leaner. ACTA invites you to tune in as our experts join these two distinguished panels of higher education experts (hosted by the National Association of Scholars and the Heritage Foundation, respectively) for discussions on how university leadership should navigate these uncertain times.

The Crisis Cure for Higher Education 

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

“The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented fiscal crisis for higher education, and rising calls for taxpayers to bail out our colleges and universities. Should legislators spend money now to save higher education? If so, what reforms should they require from our colleges and universities to make sure that the money is well spent?”


  • Jonathan Pidluzny – Vice President of Academic Affairs, American Council of Trustees and Alumni
  • Jenna Robinson – President, The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal
  • Peter Wood – President, National Association of Scholars

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Weathering the Fiscal Storm: How Colleges and Universities Can Survive in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Date: Friday, June 12, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

“For decades, American higher education has been facing an untenable fiscal situation brought on by increasing administrative bloat and an ongoing facilities arms race. The coronavirus pandemic did not create these problems, but the pandemic is now exacerbating these challenges and impacting universities’ bottom lines. Endowments, tuition revenue, charitable contributions, and state appropriations have and will continue to be impacted by the economic effects of business shutdowns precipitated by the coronavirus. Universities cannot look to Washington for additional bailouts. They must begin an internal course correction now.

Join us for a conversation on how university administrators can reopen their campuses safely, and what steps they need to take to survive financially.”

  • Lindsey Burke – Director, Center for Education Policy, The Heritage Foundation
  • Michael Poliakoff – President, American Council of Trustees and Alumni
  • Heidi Ganahl – Regent, University of Colorado; Board member, American Council of Trustees and Alumni
  • Andrew Gillen – Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Innovation in Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Matthew Spalding – Vice President of Washington Operations & Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government, Hillsdale College

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