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.

Protecting Students and Taxpayers

The Federal Government's Failed Regulatory Approach and Steps for Reform

September 2013 by Hank Brown

When it comes to federal funding of higher education, the government's approach to quality assurance and consumer protection is a public policy and regulatory failure by almost any measure. Protecting Students and Taxpayers discusses the failure of the higher education accreditation system to perform its intended purpose of ensuring academic quality. Instead, burdensome administrative requirements, attention to antiquated input measures, and interference in institution governance have contributed to the skyrocketing cost of higher education, while ignoring student learning. Recognizing calls for higher education reform echoed by President Barack Obama and Senator Marco Rubio alike, the paper makes several key recommendations intended to increase student access and promote academic excellence.


Press

Ideas for Overhauling Accreditation Take Shape as Reauthorization Talk Begins

Chronicle of Higher Education
September 30, 2013 by Eric Kelderman |

A new report from a former president of the University of Colorado has set the stage for a vigorous debate on the future of higher-education accreditation. That topic could be a central focus of...

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Report: Congress Should Reform College Accreditation to Save Students, Taxpayers

U.S. News & World Report
September 30, 2013 by Allie Bidwell |

As Congress embarks on its mission to reauthorize the law that governs the flow of federal financial aid dollars, some education experts say the government has been ineffective in ensuring the...

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