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.

Cutting Costs

A Trustee's Guide to Tough Economic Times

July 2010 by Michael Poliakoff

With colleges and universities across the country feeling the pinch, this guide argues that trustees can no longer continue to reflexively increase tuition and ask for more funding, but must rather find ways to cut costs. It outlines ten areas that trustees should look into to reduce expenses and provides examples of creative ideas that have been successfully implemented at different colleges and universities.


SELECTED FINDINGS

Executive Summary

At many colleges and universities, these are times of crisis. Endowments have shrunk, and fundraising is significantly more difficult. Reductions in state funding for higher education have been massive. And a Chronicle of Higher Education survey of chief financial officers reveals that 62% believe the worst is yet to come. Continue Reading>>

Press

Trustee group to colleges: No more tuition hikes

Washington Post
August 3, 2010 by Daniel de Vise |

An industry group representing trustees and alumni has published a pocket guide that may rub some college administrators the wrong way. It asserts that colleges should not lean on tuition increases… Continue Reading >>

Trustees Group Publishes Cost-Cutting Guide for Boards

Chronicle of Higher Education
August 2, 2010 by Paul Fain |

College governing boards should do their part to cut costs on campuses, according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, which has published a 20-page guide to help trustees find money-saving… Continue Reading >>