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.

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 the colleges in their state. This brochure details where the problems lie and what state policymakers can do. In 2005, U.S. Secretary of Education Margarget Spellings named the blue-ribbon commission to hold a "national dialogue" on higher education. After examining the issues, the Commission issued a report, A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education, warning that "the sector's past attainments have led our nation to unwarranted complacency about its future." While America rests on its laurels, other nations are "educating more of their citizens to more advanced levels than we are."