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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

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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...

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Reform-Minded Candidates Running for Colgate Alumni Council

March 24, 2014 by ACTA |

Throughout the nation, parties and activists are gearing up for November’s fast-approaching midterm elections. But Colgate University alumni have the opportunity to vote in another election even sooner....

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Member of A Better Colgate Wins Seat on Alumni Council

November 6, 2013 by ACTA |

ACTA would like to congratulate Colgate alum Sean Fitzmichael Devlin on his recent election to the Colgate Alumni Council! Mr. Devlin had previously run as an independent petition candidate for the...

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Reforming the Politically Correct University

October 6, 2009 by David Azerrad |

Debates about political correctness on campus have raged for decades now. Some argue there is no such thing, while others point to case after case demonstrably proving that PC is very real indeed. Too...

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New Texas Law Protects Donor Intent

June 30, 2009 by Shant Boyajian |

The New York Times reports that the Texas legislature recently passed a law protecting donor intent for orphan trusts—trusts that are administered by lawyers or banks after the original donor has died.

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Alumni as ATMs

May 11, 2009 by Charles Mitchell |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal is quoted in today's edition of USA Today:

Grads may be giving time instead of money on service days, but they're still functioning as "boosters" as they do good deeds in a...
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Hardball at Harvard

April 27, 2009 by Charles Mitchell |

Today on Minding the Campus, Harvard Board of Overseers petition candidate Harvey A. Silverglate has an incisive piece on recent developments in his campaign and that of fellow petition candidate Robert...

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Wall Street Journal Spotlights Donor Intent

April 23, 2009 by Charles Mitchell |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal and ACTA Leadership Society member Diana Davis Spencer are featured in an excellent story on the front page of today's Wall Street Journal. As Anne points out there, the...

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Silverglate in The Wall Street Journal

February 2, 2009 by David Azerrad |

Harvey A. Silverglate, who is running for the Harvard Board of Overseers as a petition candidate, published an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal on the Securities and Exchange Commission's decision...

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ACTA Statement on Robertson v. Princeton

December 10, 2008 by Charles Mitchell |

ACTA president Anne D. Neal, co-author of The Intelligent Donor's Guide to College Giving, today issued the following statement regarding the settlement of the Robertson family donor-intent lawsuit...

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No Strings Attached…

November 10, 2008 by David Azerrad |

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported last week that the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business received a $300 million gift from one of its alumni. The gift is not only the largest...

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Alumni-Endowed Lecture Series Wows Harvard Students

October 8, 2008 by Sandra E. Czelusniak |

Last week, as the Harvard Crimson reports, Harvard Law School inaugurated its Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture Series, which brings in speakers to expound on the "founding principles and core doctrines" of...

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A Renaissance at CUNY

September 8, 2008 by Sandra E. Czelusniak |

From the New York Times is this must-read about the Honors College at the City University of New York, a center of educational excellence in a university system which had until recently raised great...

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Huzzah for Mr. Hertog, an Intelligent Donor Indeed

May 19, 2008 by Charles Mitchell |

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal published an interview of philanthropist Roger Hertog—who gives substantially to higher education. Like ACTA, he wishes to bring about greater intellectual...

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Addressing Intellectual Diversity from Within

March 27, 2008 by Anne D. Neal |

In his essay, When Donors Pick the Courses, Professor Don Downs joins a growing chorus of academics troubled by the academy's failure to live up to its core educational purpose. Acknowledging the role...

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POLITICO, Lara Bazelon

The Changing Roles of University Presidents

Inside Higher Ed, Rick Seltzer

Campuses Need to Remember Skokie

New York Times, Geoffrey R Stone

University President Advocates for Civics

Wall Street Journal, Joseph Rago

Microaggression Scholar says his research is used inappropriately

Chronicle of Higher Education, Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz

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