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.

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.

Foreign languages, Arkansas, and America’s future

June 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

Largely forgotten but for its title, the 1958 novel, The Ugly American, vividly depicted, among other gaffes, the diplomatic and military consequences… Continue Reading >>

Focusing on teacher quality

May 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

Bipartisan demands for well-trained, effective teachers are changing laws. Legislators in ColoradoContinue Reading >>

Unseemly Perks and Compensation

May 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

ACTA will soon release The Trustees Guide to Tough Economic Times with a number of strategies for boards. Some types of cost-control will, by nature,… Continue Reading >>

Building a stronger board

April 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

Building a board with informed and active trustees is a complex equation. A Continue Reading >>

Runaway inflation

April 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

Yesterday, The New York Times Education Life Supplement published data drawn from Furman professor Christopher Healy's national database of undergraduate… Continue Reading >>

Ed school education

April 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has little patience for education schools. In a speechContinue Reading >>

Unconscionable waste

April 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

As my colleague David Azerrad observes, the crisis in graduation rates continues. And beneath the depressing 57 percent national six-year graduation rate is… Continue Reading >>

Crisis management

March 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

Colleges and universities now ponder painful choices. Across the nation, academic programs face elimination, and faculty, including the tenured, are in jeopardy… Continue Reading >>

The courage to cut

March 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

Closing programs or saying no to proposals for new ones requires courage and vision, and ACTA supports trustees in their efforts to control program expansion.… Continue Reading >>

CSU trustees advance college readiness

March 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

Despite calls to maintain the status quo, the trustees of the California State University system approved this week the "Early Start" program to address remediation… Continue Reading >>

Boards and the budget crisis: engaged trustees desperately needed

March 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

University of California tuition is rising 32%, staff and faculty are being downsized, libraries are in jeopardy, and crowds were in the streets last week in… Continue Reading >>

Active board members…and their opponents

March 2010 by Michael Poliakoff |

As trustees who follow ACTA's work know, not everyone appreciates their fiduciary role in higher education. A recent—and still notorious—incident… Continue Reading >>

Teachers Who Can

How Informed Trustees Can Ensure Teacher Quality
January 2003 by ACTA Michael Poliakoff |

This step-by-step guide outlines the principles and criteria for an excellent teacher preparation program, gives examples of real-life programs that work, provides… Continue Reading >>

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