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.

Diffusion of Light and Education

A State Report Card on Public Higher Education in Virginia

January 2012 by ACTA

ACTA releases the ninth in its series of state reports—this one on the Commonwealth of Virginia. The report—The Diffusion of Light and Education—outlines challenges at 39 public and private colleges and universities in Virginia, in key areas of public interest: general education requirements, cost and effectiveness, and governance structures. It finds that in too many places, graduation rates are low, administrative bloat is high, and tuition is taking an ever larger percentage of family income. The report warns that certain trends—if ignored—threaten to erode the Commonwealth's historic prominence in American higher education.


SELECTED FINDINGS

Executive Summary

The Commonwealth of Virginia is blessed with an outstanding roster of colleges and universities, public and private. A number of America's founders and storied national statesmen studied in their halls and walked their grounds. The College of William & Mary was the alma mater of Thomas Jefferson, and his pride in founding the University of Virginia is commemorated on his tombstone. Continue Reading>>

Press

The spotted shirt

Richmond Times-Dispatch
June 16, 2013 by Opinion |

“The cost of higher education has gone up all over the country,” the American Council of Trustees and Alumni reported two years ago, “but it has exploded at colleges and universities… Continue Reading >>

Are State Colleges Ripping Us Off?

Reason Magazine
February 10, 2012 by A. Barton Hinkle |

"You can observe a lot just by watching," said Yogi Berra. A national group has been watching Virginia's colleges and universities, and much that it has observed is not flattering. Grumpy old skinflints… Continue Reading >>

Study faults costs, courses at the state’s colleges

Richmond Times-Dispatch
January 31, 2012 by Karin Kapsidelis |

Administrative costs have outpaced spending on instruction at many of the state's colleges and universities, while tuition and fees take an increasing share of family incomes, a study of 39 public… Continue Reading >>