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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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Quick Take: Hidden College Fees, Hidden College Bloat

December 2016 by Armand Alacbay & Dani Jack |

In “Those Hidden College Fees,” Rochelle Sharpe… Continue Reading >>

Openness and Freedom Important At College Level

September 2016 by Armand B. Alacbay |

I congratulate University of Northern Colorado President Kay Norton for using the platform of her State of the University address to reaffirm the school’s… Continue Reading >>

Accreditation Dysfunction

July 2016 by Armand B. Alacbay |

The accreditation system is broken, and its inequities are glaring.

If nothing else, that was the lesson to be learned late in June at the meeting of the… Continue Reading >>

A Sign of Things to Come?

May 2014 by Armand B. Alacbay |

“Fifteen years from now more than half of the universities [in the United States] will be in bankruptcy.”

Such were the words of bestselling… Continue Reading >>

Encouraging Signs at Penn State

February 2014 by Armand B. Alacbay |

Elections for Penn State’s Board of Trustees are underway, bringing again to the forefront the question of what qualities make for an effective trustee. … Continue Reading >>

Accreditors Relegate Trustees to “Basic” Role

January 2014 by Armand B. Alacbay |

Proponents of the higher education accreditation system as it exists today argue that despite a nationwide 4-year graduation rate of Continue Reading >>

Board Staff and Trustees’ Autonomy

August 2013 by Armand B. Alacbay |

An recent op-ed in the Raleigh News & Observer reflects on a series of… Continue Reading >>

Opportunities abound at the University of Hawaii

May 2013 by Armand B. Alacbay |

Last week’s announcement that University of Hawaii President M.R.C.… Continue Reading >>

UH regents seem neutered by ‘culture of deference’

December 2012 by Armand Alacbay |

The University of Hawaii expected to get Stevie Wonder. Instead, it became the victim of a scam—to the tune of $200,000, "signed, sealed, delivered" to… Continue Reading >>

Completion, Quality, Affordability Front and Center in the Hoosier State

December 2012 by Armand B. Alacbay |

Indiana commissioner for higher education Teresa Lubbers has recently been meeting with educators statewide to stress the importance of promoting student success… Continue Reading >>

UVA Watch

October 2012 by Armand B. Alacbay |

The cover story of the fall issue of the University of Virginia Magazine is titled "17 Days in June," a… Continue Reading >>

Redefinition of liberal arts curriculum under review at William & Mary

October 2012 by Armand B. Alacbay |

ACTA has consistently reminded governing boards that ensuring academic quality is one of their highest fiduciary obligations. Although it is never appropriate… Continue Reading >>

UM Staff Member: Attending College a “Losing Proposition” for Many

September 2012 by Armand B. Alacbay |

Last week, Robert Katz, a library technician at the University of Minnesota, had strong words for the freshman class. He Continue Reading >>

Pennsylvania Auditor General Adopts ACTA Recommendations: University President “cannot be both an employee and also an equal to the board”

August 2012 by Armand B. Alacbay |

In the wake of the release of the Freeh Group's report following its investigation of Penn State University, last week the Pennsylvania Auditor General released… Continue Reading >>

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