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.

Trouble in the Dorms

A Guide to Residential Life Programs for Higher Education Trustees

October 2009 by ACTA's Institute for Effective Governance

This guide briefly retraces the rise of ideologically charged residential life programming on campuses and shows how such programs, despite their seemingly innocuous goals, in fact undercut the principles of rational inquiry that are foundational to the academic enterprise. It concludes by outlining the practical steps trustees should take to ensure that their institution's housing programs respect student rights and suggests other more meaningful ways of engaging students.