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.

Guarding the Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear

A Guide for Higher Education Trustees
October 2018 by Joyce Lee Malcolm |
ACTA's new guide for higher education trustees, Guarding the Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear by Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm of the Antonin Scalia Law… Continue Reading >>

Building a Culture of Free Expression on the American College Campus

Challenges & Solutions
April 2018 by Joyce Lee Malcolm |
Higher education continues to grapple with issues surrounding free expression within the academy—and the actions that protect or degrade it. From colleges… Continue Reading >>

Campus Intolerance, Then & Now

The Influence of Marcusian Ideology
April 2018 by Guenter Lewy |
Freedom of expression is imperiled on today’s college campuses. Citizens and educators alike are concerned about the number of shout-downs and disinvitations… Continue Reading >>

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 the… Continue Reading >>

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 students,… Continue Reading >>

Leading the Charge

Governors, Higher Education and Accountability
July 2017 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, cost,… Continue Reading >>

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 politicization… Continue Reading >>

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 to… Continue Reading >>

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 higher… Continue Reading >>

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 16,000 college… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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 stopped… Continue Reading >>

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, chairman… Continue Reading >>

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 will… Continue Reading >>

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 greatest cause… Continue Reading >>
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