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.

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 justifiable—concern that college quality has been on a steady decline. And while accreditation may have been well-intended, it is no exaggeration to say that it is now the greatest barrier to innovation in higher education and a major driver of skyrocketing costs—not to mention a threat to the role of the college trustee. This guide provides some fast facts on this system that serves as a gatekeeper for $175 billion in student financial aid, and outlines actions trustees can take to exercise their fiduciary rights in the accreditation process.


Press

Ideas for Overhauling Accreditation Take Shape as Reauthorization Talk Begins

Chronicle of Higher Education
September 30, 2013 by Eric Kelderman |

A new report from a former president of the University of Colorado has set the stage for a vigorous debate on the future of higher-education accreditation. That topic could be a central focus of...

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U.S. House of Representatives Holds Hearing on Accreditation

Council for Higher Education & Accreditation: Federal Updates
June 13, 2013 by |

On June 13, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Higher Education and the Workforce held a hearing focusing on accreditation. The hearing - "Keeping College Within Reach:...

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