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.

Guides & Essays

ACTA and its Institute for Effective Governance provide information on best practices in higher education and help trustees and policymakers address practical challenges of governance.

The Basics of Responsible Trusteeship

August 2016 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

There are few positions that offer comparable challenges and rewards to those of a college trustee. As a trustee, you have the legal and fiduciary obligation...

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The Cost of Chaos in the Curriculum

November 2015 by Elizabeth D. Capaldi Phillips & Michael B. Poliakoff |

ACTA's report The Cost of Chaos in the Curriculum reveals that the vast array of course choices given to college students is a cause of exploding costs and...

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Bold Leadership, Real Reform

Best Practices in University Governance
February 2015 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Drawing on the experiences of universities across the country, Bold Leadership, Real Reform: Best Practices in University Governance details what works in...

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Implementing Governance for a New Era

An Action Plan for Higher Ed Trustees
November 2014 by ACTA |

Implementing Governance for a New Era is an action plan to assist college and university trustees in reforming higher education. Delivered to more than...

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Leading the Charge

Governors, Higher Education and Accountability
August 2014 by ACTA |

With this new tool, ACTA is working to expand its outreach to governors nationwide on behalf of higher education reform, focusing on key issues of quality,...

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Accreditation

A Call to Action for College Trustees
October 2013 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Today, virtually all colleges and universities in the United States are accredited (sometimes by more than one accrediting body). Yet there is widespread—and...

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The Art of College Admissions

A Trustee Guide to the Value of Entrance Exams
July 2013 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

In recent years, a number of educators have challenged the usefulness of SAT and ACT tests as indicators of college readiness, and some institutions have...

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Free to Teach, Free to Learn

Understanding and Maintaining Academic Freedom in Higher Education
April 2013 by ACTA |

This guide for trustees reports on the dangerous decline of academic freedom and intellectual diversity on college campuses. The foreword, by Benno Schmidt,...

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Are They Learning?

A College Trustee's Guide to Assessing Academic Effectiveness
January 2013 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

The most urgent task of colleges and universities is to prepare graduates for the challenges of career, community, and citizenship. Responsible institutions...

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Setting Academic Priorities

A Guide to What Boards of Trustees Can Do
May 2012 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Higher education is in the midst of a deep financial crisis, and the failure of governing boards to focus on academic programs is arguably the single...

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Substance Abuse on Campus

What Trustees Should Know
February 2012 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance |

Get the facts about what's going on at campuses across the country and how universities' failure to emphasize their academic mission has created a vacuum...

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The Intelligent Donor’s Guide to College Giving

Second Edition
April 2011 by Anne D. Neal &by Michael Poliakoff |

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for donors on how to target their giving, with profiles of successful gifts. American philanthropists long have...

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Lessons of the CUNY Transformation

January 2011 |

Remarks by City University of New York Board of Trustees chairman Benno Schmidt upon accepting the 2010 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to...

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Freedom of Association

Supreme Court Decisions? CLS versus Martinez
September 2010 by ACTA |

How does it affect your campus? What can you do? A robust, vigorous mix of ideas is the lifeblood of effective higher eductation. But the broad range of...

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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...

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