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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.


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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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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...

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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 misstep it will take if it drops its two-course requirement in both philosophy and theology. This...

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ASU’s Answer to the Admissions Scandal at UT-Austin

May 15, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Arizona State University president Michael Crow discussed the steps that ASU has taken to improve the quality of education offered.

President Crow...

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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 interview. The interview reveals a college president who has...

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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 results they frequently produce. Low completion rates and...

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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 the Data: 10 Questions Trustees Should Ask!

Earlier this month, University of...

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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 Education that trustees pose a “major threat” to public universities. He paints trustees as...

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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: A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees. A report signed by 22 of the most distinguished...

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Perpetuating the Enrollment Crisis

October 28, 2014 by Alex McHugh |

Earlier this month, the Chronicle of Higher Education released a survey of some 368 small private colleges showing that many were struggling to meet their enrollment targets. The decrease was expected,...

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A Welcome Call for Board Oversight in NC

September 24, 2014 by Avi Snyder |

When the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) governing board met for its most recent retreat, they received an important reminder from the state’s outgoing Budget Director, Art Pope.

According to the...

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Higher Ed News Roundup: Common Sense University Governance

September 9, 2014 by ACTA |

The Oklahoman's editorial board praised Governance for a New Era noting that its proposals were "rooted in common sense."

Check out the video of the lively discussion on Governance ACTA hosted last...

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Higher Ed Leaders Talk Governance at National Press Club

August 21, 2014 by ACTA |

Governance for a New Era, the new report released by over 20 higher education leaders calling on trustees to be more active and engaged, is making an impression. In addition to a steady stream of media...

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Higher Ed News Roundup: ACTA on Active Governance

August 20, 2014 by ACTA |

ACTA's support for Governance in a New Era is featured today in the The College Fix, complete with a picture of a nuclear explosion.

Our efforts were also noted twice at National Review's "Phi Beta...

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ACTA's take on:

News Roundup

Could Change Come for TItle IX?

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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