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.

Asking Questions, Getting Answers

A Guide for Higher Ed Trustees
July 2008 by ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance |
This guide outlines some of the key questions trustees should ask regarding the academic and financial operations of their institutions. Institutions vary significantly… Continue Reading >>

Spending Endowment Income for Current Use

Why So Little? Mea Culpa
January 2008 by Edward N. Costikyan |
First issued in May 1998, Columbia University trustee emeritus Edward Costikyan focuses on a seminal report issued by the Ford Foundation called "Managing Education… Continue Reading >>

Ending the Standoff

How For-Profit Practices Can Inform Public Higher Education
October 2007 by Phyllis Palmiero |
This essay examines how for-profits have coped with issues of cost and accountability, as potentially fruitful paradigms for those seeking to enhance quality in… Continue Reading >>

The Spellings Commission and You

What Higher Education Trustees Can Do in Light of the Department of Education's Recent Report
October 2007 by ACTA |
According to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, "urgent reform" is what our nation's universities need, and trustees can help by improving the… Continue Reading >>

The Spellings Commission and You

What State Policymakers Can Do in Light of the Department of Education's Recent Report
October 2007 by ACTA |
According to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, "urgent reform" is what our nation's universities need, and policymakers can help by improving… Continue Reading >>

A Crisis in Higher Education in America

July 2007 by Harry C. Stille |
Dr. Harry Stille offers some reasons for and solutions to the unbridled growth in higher education spending today. In this essay, he brings the perspective of former… Continue Reading >>

Executive Summary: “Educating School Teachers”

January 2007 by Arthur Levine |
This essay is the executive summary of "Educating Schools Teachers," the second report in a four-part series released by the Education Schools Project on the education… Continue Reading >>

Why Accreditation Doesn’t Work and What Policymakers Can Do About It

January 2007 by ACTA |
This policy paper is intended as a primer for policymakers on lessons learned from decades of experience with the federal system of higher education accreditation.… Continue Reading >>

Fostering Judgment: Sixty Years of Well-Directed Studies

October 2006 by Jose A. Cabranes |
At a time when the study of Western civilization is often under attack, two programs—at Columbia and at Yale-—continue to introduce students to the great… Continue Reading >>

Assessing the President’s Performance

A "How To" Guide for Trustees
August 2006 by ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance |
Assessing the president's performance is one of the board's primary responsibilities, and its importance is second only to selecting the president. While… Continue Reading >>

Intellectual Diversity

Time for Action
December 2005 by ACTA |
In 2005, a consortium of higher education organizations issued a statement affirming the importance of intellectual diversity. A survey by ACTA found, however, that… Continue Reading >>

Serving as a Responsible Trustee

October 2005 by Drew Miller |
In an era of accountability, what does it mean to be a responsible college and university trustee? What should direct a trustee's actions and what resources… Continue Reading >>

Strategic Planning

And Trustee Responsibility
June 2005 by Candace de Russy by Mitchell Langbert |
There are multiple measures that can give you a picture of how well the institution is achieving its goals relative to the cost. Such measures ought to be a part… Continue Reading >>

Higher Education Isn’t Meeting the Public’s Needs

April 2005 by Frank Newman, Lara Couturier, & Jamie Scurry |
Shifting demographics, the movement from an industrial- to a knowledge-based economy, and advanced communication and technology, have heightened demands on our colleges… Continue Reading >>

Diversity in College Admissions

Issues for Trustees
March 2005 by George R. La Noue |
Efforts to achieve racial and ethnic diversity are commonplace on American college campuses. This brochure assists trustees in becoming acquainted with the laws,… Continue Reading >>
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