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Governance for a New Era, a blueprint for higher education governance, is the product of a summit facilitated by ACTA and chaired by Benno Schmidt, City University of New York Board chairman. Signatories to the statement, a diverse group of 22 distinguished national leaders, include college presidents, trustees, business leaders, academics, and policymakers dedicated to ensuring America’s colleges and universities shed 20th century thinking and successfully meet 21st century challenges.
Almost every day brings a succession of news stories, editorials, and reports critical of higher education. American colleges and universities that were regularly called “the envy of the world” now draw withering admonitions from the White House and numerous others for their high costs and declining quality. President Obama has declared that he will institute a federal rating system for higher education with significant financial consequences. Continue Reading >>
American higher education faces unprecedented challenges: costs are too high, educational quality is often too low and student debt seems destined to continue increasing. In fact, here in Pennsylvania,… Continue Reading >>
On August 19 the intrepid American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released a timely report on the governance of colleges and universities. “Governance for a New Era: A Blueprint for Higher… Continue Reading >>
Trustees at many American colleges and universities abandoned the public trust and allowed standards to slip even as costs soared and public confidence in higher education declined, a report says.… Continue Reading >>