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.

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Higher Ed, Inc.

January 2005 by James B. Twitchell |

With nearly 70 percent of high school graduates attending college, higher education has gone from being an exclusive enclave to "big business." In this...

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Focusing on What Matters

October 2004 by Clara M. Lovett |

Colleges and Universities have long been deemed central to the economic and social progress of the United States and beyond. Yet with changing demographics...

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