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.

Governance for a New Era

A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees

August 2014 by Benno C. Schmidt

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.


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Overview

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 >>

Press

College and University Trustees: Real Reform or Business as Usual?

Forbes
August 27, 2014 by Michael DeBow |

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...

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Scathing report says college trustees fail in mission

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 20, 2014 by Debra Erdley |

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.

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Who’s To Blame for Challenges in Higher Education?

Bloomberg TV
August 19, 2014 by |

CUNY board chairman and former Yale president Benno Schmidt discusses the unprecedented challenges facing higher education today and the vital role trustees must play in university governance....

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