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.

Best Laid Plans

The Unfulfilled Promise of Public Higher Education in California

June 2012 by ACTA

At a time of major fiscal crisis and growing student and faculty unrest, ACTA's report points the finger at California's college and university trustees as both the problem-—and the solution-—to greater access and quality in the Golden State. Praising the California Master Plan for establishing an accessible statewide system of higher education, the report finds that UC and Cal State trustees have too often delegated their stewardship authority and sanctioned growing problems of waste, bloat and excess. Noting that the United States spends more on education per student than almost any country on earth, the report argues that many of California's higher education problems stem from misdirection of resources and calls on the trustees to get their own house in order before demanding higher tuitions and more taxpayer dollars.


SELECTED FINDINGS

Executive Summary

Echoing the words and thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, California’s state constitution embraces the noblest of principles in its vision for public higher education. Over the decades, California public higher education has dominated policy discussions as a model of access and excellence and a powerful engine of economic growth. Indeed, it would be hard to overstate the scale, significance, and potential of California’s public universities. Continue Reading >>

Video: What’s Going on in California?

A snappy video overview of ACTA’s recent report Best Laid Plans examines the alarming state of higher ed in the Golden State and what the public can do about it. Watch the Video>>

Press

UC, CSU pushed to cut low-enrollment programs

San Francisco Chronicle
June 9, 2012 by Nanette Asimov |

It sounds like an obesity epidemic in higher education: program bloat.

But rather than some sort of elephantine curriculum, the phrase refers to the hundreds of degree programs at California's… Continue Reading >>

Report praises SSU for core classes, criticizes building costs

Press Democrat
June 9, 2012 by Jeremy Hay |

Sonoma State University has a strong set of core classes and stands out because it is spending less on administration and more on education, but it also comes close to impinging on free speech.

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