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Academic Freedom

Cornell’s Faculty Senate Upholds Academic Freedom

June 4, 2021 by ACTA

Intellectual Diversity

How Will Cornell Balance Academic Freedom And Anti-Racism?

Judging from the voting in Cornell University’s Faculty Senate in late May, it appears that faculty representatives are showing...

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Don’t Rush to Assume Politics Was Behind UNC Board’s Decision to Deny Tenure to Hannah-Jones

The Chronicle of Higher Education  |  May 25, 2021 by Michael B. Poliakoff

To the Editor: Your recent article covering the decision by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees not to award tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones misses a crucial point (“Her ‘1619′...

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“ACTA provides short, concise suggestions for trustees who can help administrations make real, beneficial change for the future of education.”

Douglas Faigin
Trustee, California State University
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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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ALUMNI

Donor intent should be better protected

Philanthropy Daily  |  June 1, 2021 by Rebecca Richards

Even with a gift agreement, donors have little recourse in the event of their intent being flouted. There are state Senate bills under review to change that. Philanthropy affects the lives of every American...

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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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& PARENTS

ACTA Recognizes University of Notre Dame’s Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government as an Outstanding Liberal Arts Program

May 24, 2021 by ACTA

Washington, DC – The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government has been named an Oasis of Excellence for its commitment to helping students cultivate intellectual and civic virtue. ACTA promotes...

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“Our very best wishes for ACTA’s continued success. We are in desperate need of educated citizens if as a country we are to survive.”

Barbara and Irving Cohen
Grandparents


IN THE NEWS
  • Intellectual Diversity

    How Will Cornell Balance Academic Freedom And Anti-Racism?

    Forbes  |  June 3, 2021 by Michael B. Poliakoff

    Judging from the voting in Cornell University’s Faculty Senate in late May, it appears that faculty representatives are showing significant prudence and discernment in the hard work of finding a way forward in a time of reckoning over racial justice that also protects academic freedom. Colleges throughout the nation need good models, particularly for process, […]

  • Donor Intent

    Donor intent should be better protected

    Philanthropy Daily  |  June 1, 2021 by Rebecca Richards

    Even with a gift agreement, donors have little recourse in the event of their intent being flouted. There are state Senate bills under review to change that. Philanthropy affects the lives of every American in some way, but most of the public—and even major donors—know little about the legal structure governing our nation’s charitable sector. […]

  • Cancel Culture

    Guest Opinion: Jonathan W. Pidluzny and Tom Lucero: Kennedy inherited inequities

    Daily Camera  |  May 27, 2021 by Jonathan W. Pidluzny and Tom Lucero

    A not-so-funny coincidence: Just days before University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy announced he would be stepping down in light of the Board of Regents’ “new makeup” and “changes in its focus and philosophy,” the CU–Boulder Faculty Assembly just happened to vote to censure him. A coordinated effort, perhaps, but what is certain is that […]

  • Tenure

    Don’t Rush to Assume Politics Was Behind UNC Board’s Decision to Deny Tenure to Hannah-Jones

    The Chronicle of Higher Education  |  May 25, 2021 by Michael B. Poliakoff

    To the Editor: Your recent article covering the decision by the University of […]

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    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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    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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    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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