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Drew University Bets the House on New Degree Programs

December 5, 2018 by Erik Gross |

Drew University recently announced an unconventional approach to solving its budgetary woes. The University plans to expand program offerings, and then trim operational costs and faculty benefits. The University… Continue Reading >>

A Lesson in the Need for Transparency, Accountability, and Solidarity

November 28, 2018 by Erik Gross |

A faculty vote of no confidence against a college president is a common enough event; sometimes there is more pique than substance. But there are some significant issues at the University of the Pacific.… Continue Reading >>

ATHENA Roundtable: Protecting Freedom and Safeguarding Value in Higher Education

October 29, 2018 by Elliott Cole and Nathaniel Urban |

Over the last year, higher education has continued to garner national attention. Controversial speakers, college closures, exorbitant tuition costs, athletics scandals, and lack of career preparation have… Continue Reading >>

Land of Opportunity

September 19, 2017 by Brianna Suggs |

From 1947–1995, “Land of Opportunity” was the official motto of the great State of Arkansas, before it was changed to “The Natural State.” Arkansas is the birthplace of Wal-Mart… Continue Reading >>

2017’s Top Stories for Higher Ed Reform…So Far

June 7, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Who sets the agenda for coverage of higher education issues in the news? Last week, ACTA had the opportunity to find out while attending the Continue Reading >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Disciplines, Not Goals

July 6, 2015 by Kirkwood Palmer |

Francesca Aran Murphy, in First Things, challenges the University of Notre Dame to rethink the grave… Continue Reading >>

Purdue’s President Gets to the Bottom of Higher Ed’s High Price

May 11, 2015 by Alex McHugh|

“Higher education has to get past the ‘take our word for it’ era,” insists Purdue’s president, Mitch Daniels, in a recent Wall Street Journal Continue Reading >>

Community College Access and ASAP’s Success

April 8, 2015 by Alex McHugh|

Supporters of President Obama’s free community college plan focus on the vital role those institutions play. Others have noted the weak Continue Reading >>

Governance for a New Era Prompts Action in Nevada

March 18, 2015 by Alex McHugh|

The regents of the University of Nevada system are taking a stand for accountability, with the help of ACTA’s Getting… Continue Reading >>

AAU President: Trustees Discharging Duties Are “Major Threat”

December 8, 2014 by Alex McHugh|

In a recent video interview, AAU President Hunter Rawlings III told the Chronicle of Higher EducationContinue Reading >>

Moving Forward on University Governance

November 5, 2014 by ACTA|

At the end of the summer, ACTA marked with great excitement the publication of Governance for a New Era:… Continue Reading >>

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