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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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Rating Intellectual Diversity on Campus

July 6, 2017 by Jeremy Willinger |

Increasingly over the last few years, universities have seen a rapid change in how students regard free speech and inquiry. Growing political polarization throughout the country has minimized...

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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 innovative...

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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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Publication Compulsions and the Decline of Science

October 24, 2013 by Michael Poliakoff |

The cover story of the October 19-25, 2013 issue of The Economist, “How Science Goes Wrong,” warns that scientific progress, including medical science, is gravely jeopardized by poor research practices.... Continue Reading >>

The Right Decision from Harvard

October 8, 2013 by William Gonch |

Well done, Harvard! America’s oldest university will not divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry, according to a recent statement.

Advocates for selling off university holdings in fossil...

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More on the Budget Crunch

January 17, 2013 |

The Moody’s report on universities’ parlous financial state continues to garner attention, now in the form of an extensive story in Inside Higher Ed.

The story looks at many of the challenges laid out...

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Tufts University Reverses Course, Recognizes Religious Liberty

December 11, 2012 by William Gonch |

Tufts University will “allow student faith groups to maintain religious require­ments for their leaders,” the Boston Globe reports

If that decision sounds like a no-brainer, welcome to the wild...

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ACTA’s Intelligent Donor’s Guide to College Giving Featured in Magazine

July 26, 2011 by Daniel Burnett |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni's Intelligent Donor's Guide to College Giving was featured in Philanthropy magazine's summer edition this month. The guide was chosen as one of three books to...

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Getting a Grip on the Other Type of Inflation

February 19, 2009 by David Azerrad |

On the day that we released our guide to help trustees tackle grade inflation, The New York Times had a story about the widespread sentiment among students that they are entitled to good grades if they...

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Out of Sequence in Ohio

January 26, 2009 by David Azerrad |

Ohio University's student newspaper reports today on the completion of the external evaluation of OU president Roderick J. McDavis and the Board of Trustees' odd approach to the assessment and its...

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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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