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.

In Pursuit of Academic Excellence

The Story of the City University of New York and its Lessons for American Higher Education

April 2010 by Sandra E. Diaz

This essay retraces the history of the CUNY renaissance and shows how the largest urban public university system in the country emerged as a model for successful higher education reform. It offers both a cautionary tale of the consequences of low academic standards and an example of what board leadership and vision can achieve even in the most difficult of circumstances.