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.

Getting a “lock” on tuition

May 2010 by Sandra E. Diaz |

One does not need to be an expert on higher education policy or economics to know that the rise in college costs far outpaces the general cost of living. But… Continue Reading >>

In Pursuit of Academic Excellence

The Story of the City University of New York and its Lessons for American Higher Education
April 2010 by Sandra E. Diaz |

This essay retraces the history of the CUNY renaissance and shows how the largest urban public university system in the country emerged as a model for successful… Continue Reading >>

Happy birthday James Madison!

March 2010 by Sandra E. Diaz |

Today marks the 259th birthday of a man who wore several different hats in his long and varied service to the fledgling United States. James Madison served in… Continue Reading >>

Governance in the news

January 2010 by Sandra E. Diaz |
Trustees are from Mars, and faculty are from Venus, if the Association of Governing Board's latest Continue Reading >>

Big-time college athletics and the question of priorities

January 2010 by Sandra E. Diaz |
At a time when a number of colleges and universities have resorted to drastic cost-reducing measures (by higher education standards), such as freezing faculty pay… Continue Reading >>

Letting in the sunshine

January 2010 by Sandra E. Diaz |
Over the past few decades, administrative and other non-instructional spending in universities has exploded relative to instructional expenditures. In fact, much… Continue Reading >>

Minnesota Teacher Education Proposal Causing a Stir

December 2009 by Sandra E. Diaz |

The Teacher Education Redesign Initiative at the University of Minnesota has been raising some hackles recently, with concerns that some of the proposed changes… Continue Reading >>

Taming the Upward Spiral

November 2009 by Sandra E. Diaz |

In the midst of the current recession, the 2.1 percent drop in consumer prices between July 2008 and July 2009 and the massive reorganization of various companies… Continue Reading >>

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