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.

What’s a Parent to Do?

How to Help Your Child Select the Right College
August 2017 by Anne D. Neal |

"This book will help you pry the truth out from the imagery. It will help you ask the right questions and it will make you think about what you want t do with...

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How Much is Too Much?

Controlling Administrative Costs through Effective Oversight
July 2017 by ACTA |

With recent research from the Institute for Higher Education Policy showing that college is unaffordable for as many as 70% of working- and middle-class...

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Campus Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the Problem of the BDS Movement

March 2017 by ACTA |

Polarizing political beliefs are nothing new on campus, but the tactics employed by supporters of the BDS movement create new cause for concern, from the...

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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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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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