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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

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Scholars, higher education leaders, and policymakers have contributed to ACTA's library of resources.

ACTA Reasserts North Carolina Governor’s Appointing Authority for University Trustees

December 2016 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni  released a statement in opposition to a proposal by North Carolina legislators to strip...

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The Basics of Responsible Trusteeship

August 2016 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

There are few positions that offer comparable challenges and rewards to those of a college trustee. As a trustee, you have the legal and fiduciary obligation...

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Bold Leadership, Real ReformBold Leadership, Real Reform

Best Practices in University Governance
February 2015 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Drawing on the experiences of universities across the country, Bold Leadership, Real Reform: Best Practices in University Governance details what works in...

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Accreditation

A Call to Action for College Trustees
October 2013 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Today, virtually all colleges and universities in the United States are accredited (sometimes by more than one accrediting body). Yet there is widespread—and...

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The Art of College Admissions

A Trustee Guide to the Value of Entrance Exams
July 2013 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

In recent years, a number of educators have challenged the usefulness of SAT and ACT tests as indicators of college readiness, and some institutions have...

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Are They Learning?

A College Trustee's Guide to Assessing Academic Effectiveness
January 2013 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

The most urgent task of colleges and universities is to prepare graduates for the challenges of career, community, and citizenship. Responsible institutions...

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Setting Academic Priorities

A Guide to What Boards of Trustees Can Do
May 2012 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Higher education is in the midst of a deep financial crisis, and the failure of governing boards to focus on academic programs is arguably the single...

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Substance Abuse on Campus

What Trustees Should Know
February 2012 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Get the facts about what's going on at campuses across the country and how universities' failure to emphasize their academic mission has created a vacuum...

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Trouble in the Dorms

A Guide to Residential Life Programs for Higher Education Trustees
October 2009 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

This guide briefly retraces the rise of ideologically charged residential life programming on campuses and shows how such programs, despite their seemingly...

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Restoring a Core

How Trustees Can Ensure Meaningful General Education Requirements
September 2009 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

In light of the findings in What Will They Learn? that many of our leading universities have a diffuse and impoverished curriculum, this companion guide...

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Protecting the Free Exchange of IdeasProtecting the Free Exchange of Ideas

How Trustees Can Advance Intellectual Diversity on Campus
June 2009 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

This report features ten best practices, gleaned from colleges and universities across the country, for promoting the free exchange of ideas in and out of...

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Measuring Up

The Problem of Grade Inflation and What Trustees Can Do
February 2009 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

This guide suggests various strategies that boards of trustees can adopt to curb the problem of grade inflation at their schools. Addressing grade inflation...

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The Higher Education Opportunity Act and You

What the Legislation Means for Boards of Trustees
February 2009 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

This guide looks at several key provisions of the new Higher Education Act and outlines what you, as a trustee, can do. The HEOA, which passed the House and...

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Asking Questions, Getting Answers

A Guide for Higher Ed Trustees
July 2008 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

This guide outlines some of the key questions trustees should ask regarding the academic and financial operations of their institutions. Institutions vary...

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Assessing the President’s Performance

A "How To" Guide for Trustees
August 2006 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Assessing the president's performance is one of the board's primary responsibilities, and its importance is second only to selecting the president. While...

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