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.


SELECTED FINDINGS

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

Higher-education trustees, step up & lead

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 17, 2014 by Ben Novak |

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 >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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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