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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.

What was the point of accreditors’ UVa visit?

September 2013 by Anne D. Neal |

A team of accreditors descended on Charlottesville last week, demanding transparency but offering little of its own. They came to the university Thomas Jefferson… Continue Reading >>

Higher Education in Need of a Cleanup

June 2013 by Anne D. Neal |

Does higher education governance need a clean up? The answer is a big yes. 

But the real problem with higher education governance is not micromanagement—as… Continue Reading >>

Explaining Shared Governance and Academic Leadership— Daniels Leads the Way

January 2013 by Anne D. Neal |

Bravo, Purdue President Mitch Daniels.  For too long, college presidents have viewed their role as campus figureheads, saying nary a word about the urgent… Continue Reading >>

Advice to Trustees on Completion, Cost Effectiveness, and Quality

November 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne Neal participates in the "Complete College Ohio Conference" in Columbus on November 13th for the Ohio Board of Regents, a conference featuring… Continue Reading >>

The Problems with ABA Accreditation

October 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

For more than 60 years, accreditation has been the Congressional safeguard for billions of taxpayer dollars expended in student loan money. The theory behind… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Eugene Genovese

October 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

Eugene Genovese wrote to ACTA in 2007 thanking us for our "continued good efforts on behalf of civilized life."

To Gene, we must say the same.

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In Memoriam: John Silber

September 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

"Telling it like it is" is not often a quality to be ascribed to college presidents. But, then, John Silber, who recently passed away, was not just any college… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Edward N. Costikyan

July 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

This week ACTA observed the passing of Edward N. Costikyan, ACTA mentor and friend. He was an engaged political advisor, lawyer, and Continue Reading >>

Kudos Governor McDonnell

June 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

The challenges besetting higher education are considerable: costs, quality and accountability. And, as ACTA has said all along, governors are the key to change.… Continue Reading >>

In Memoriam: Henry Denker

June 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

Henry Denker, an ACTA friend and accomplished author of works presented on the page, stage, and screen, died on May 15 at age 99.

The son of an immigrant… Continue Reading >>

A Profile in Cowardice

May 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

Two days ago the Chronicle of Higher Education fired blogger Naomi Schaefer Riley—an accomplished journalist and author who has covered higher-education… Continue Reading >>

National Trends in Higher Education

May 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal speaks at one-day trustee conference in Seattle, "From Business to Boardroom: Addressing Issues of Quality and Cost," co-sponsored… Continue Reading >>

Whither Academic Freedom?

April 2012 by Anne D. Neal |

There is nothing so central to the life of the mind than academic freedom—and in years past, one could count on the AAUP to defend and clarify it. The… Continue Reading >>

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