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.

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 essay, author… Continue Reading >>

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 and increased… Continue Reading >>

Selecting a New President

What to do Before You Hire a Search Firm
September 2004 by ACTA’s Institute for Effective Governance |
The most important job a board performs is the selection of a president. However, when a presidential vacancy occurs, boards are rarely prepared to undertake a search.… Continue Reading >>

Governing Public Colleges and Universities

A Trustees Perspective
April 2004 by Phyllis M. Krutsch |
80% percent of all students now attend a public college or university. So the effective governance of these institutions should be of immense concern to all of us.… Continue Reading >>

Any State Can!

A Model for Improving Higher Education: The Colorado Example
January 2004 by ACTA |
In 2004, Colorado—a state with which ACTA has worked for a decade—announced new accountability standards that adopted, across the board, higher ed reforms… Continue Reading >>

Accountability in Higher Education

Governors Provide Leadership
January 2004 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 >>

We the People

A Resource Guide to Promoting Historical Literacy for Governors, Legislators, Teachers and Citizens
July 2003 by ACTA |
On September 17, 2002, President George W. Bush announced a major initiative to restore historical and civic understanding. ACTA has prepared this resource guide… Continue Reading >>

Teachers Who Can

How Informed Trustees Can Ensure Teacher Quality
January 2003 by ACTA by Michael Poliakoff |
This step-by-step guide outlines the principles and criteria for an excellent teacher preparation program, gives examples of real-life programs that work, provides… Continue Reading >>

Educating Teachers

The Best Minds Speak Out
June 2002 by ACTA by George C. Leef |
This publication offers a collection of articles that explores the current state of teacher training in this country and suggests alternatives to the status quo.… Continue Reading >>
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In Memoriam: Robert H. Malott

April 17, 2018 by Michael Poliakoff

In Memoriam: Eugene M. Grant

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