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Blueprints for Reform: A Q&A on ACTA’s New Guide on Cost, Efficiency and Innovation

May 5, 2017 by Kara Brounstein |

How can colleges do more with less? Bold Leadership, Real Reform 2.0: Improving Efficiency, Cutting Costs, and Expanding College Opportunity, is ACTA’s newest guide for trustees, describing… Continue Reading >>

An Accreditation “Dear John” Letter: Two Top J-Schools Make a Big Move

May 3, 2017 by Ted Eismeier|

Is accreditation reform on the march? Possibly so. Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed is out with a story… Continue Reading >>

Disrupting the Boardroom? A Plea for Engaged Trusteeship in Turbulent Times

March 17, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Should college trustees be more than just wealthy donors? According to two experts, the answer is a no-brainer. University Ventures Co-Founder and Managing Director Ryan Craig and Willamette University College… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Congratulates Rep. Virginia Foxx

December 12, 2016 by Christine Ravold|

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) congratulates Representative Virginia Foxx on being named chair of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

ACTA previously worked… Continue Reading >>

Quick Take: Hidden College Fees, Hidden College Bloat

December 1, 2016 by Armand Alacbay & Dani Jack |

In “Those Hidden College Fees,” Rochelle Sharpe correctly observes that the underlying reasons… Continue Reading >>

Quick Takes: Failing Humanities Programs Have Themselves to Blame

October 11, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

If students who major in humanities disciplines tend to have good job prospects (“When parents won’t let their kids study literature” August 4), why are do many parents object to majors… Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: To Stop Rising Tuition Costs, Look to the Data

August 16, 2016 by Emily Reynolds |

It is no secret that the price of a bachelor’s degree has been rapidly rising, creating great strain for college students and their families. According to the Trends in College Pricing 2015Continue Reading >>

Intern Blog: Misdirected Demand for Transparency Imperils Religious Liberty in Education

August 4, 2016 by Margaret Youngblood |

Under newly proposed modifications to SB 1146, which have passed the state Senate and are… Continue Reading >>

Accreditation Dysfunction

July 13, 2016 by Armand B. Alacbay|

The accreditation system is broken, and its inequities are glaring.

If nothing else, that was the lesson to be learned late in June at the meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional… Continue Reading >>

Put Students First at Mount Saint Mary’s University

February 10, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff|

It is time for the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s to stand up for first principles. First, colleges are properly judged by student success. Admissions criteria should be focused on admitting… Continue Reading >>

Costly Chaos in the Curriculum

January 29, 2016 by Christine Ravold|

The Committee for Economic Development has provided one of the grimmest statistics in higher education, where there is already plenty of bad news. Between 1981 and 2011, the “sticker price”… Continue Reading >>

Guest Blog: The Good, the Bad, and the For-Profit Institution

August 24, 2015 by Skip Estes |

On Tuesday, April 27, 2015, the for-profit Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (CCi) filed for bankruptcy. CCi built… Continue Reading >>

Trustees, not the NCAA, must ensure academic integrity in college athletics

August 10, 2015 by Armand B. Alacbay|

A 2015 poll by Monmouth University found that barely a quarter of Americans feel that “colleges… Continue Reading >>

Lawmakers View Accreditation Reform

July 17, 2015 by Kirkwood Palmer |

ACTA has consistently called for an end to the monopolies that a small group of accrediting agencies now hold. In testimony before Congress last month, Continue Reading >>

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