Since 2016, ACTA’s trustee guide How Much is Too Much? and its one-of-a-kind interactive web tool HowCollegesSpendMoney.com have helped over 90 colleges and universities assess their administrative expenditures against federal data. At Northern Illinois University, the board of trustees even incorporated ACTA’s research in the president’s evaluation critera. One of the board’s stated goals for the president was that he control the institution’s administrative-to-instructional cost ratio as defined by ACTA.
ACTA worked with an alumnus who wanted to endow a chair at his alma mater, but he did not think that the traditional endowed chair model would achieve his philanthropic goals. He reached out to ACTA’s program, the Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR), to explore his options. FAR provided guidance on a variety of ways to structure an endowed chair and helped him to negotiate a gift agreement with the university that protected his intent. With ACTA’s help, he decided to establish a revolving professorship so that students gain access to mentorship from a leader in the field.
ACTA helped state policymakers in South Dakota craft the first ever statewide intellectual diversity bill. The bill requires public colleges and universities to report publicly their efforts to protect intellectual diversity, as well as establish, maintain, and enforce policies protecting free expression on campus. The bill passed. Now campuses throughout South Dakota regularly report on their progress and share their experiences promoting an open exchange of ideas on campus.
ACTA assisted a grandfather who wanted his grandchildren to receive a robust liberal arts education at a school that fosters free speech. We pulled data from both our annual What Will They Learn?® survey, which evaluates the general education requirements of colleges across the nation, and the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education, which tracks colleges’ speech bylaws. We helped him create a college fund for his grandchildren that was restricted to schools with strong ratings on both general education and free speech.
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.Discover More
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